Why is it imperative to begin dissection of the blanket ethnic categories of Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and African Americans? Are these differentiations an important consideration in issues of employment and governance?
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census was defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Asian, Hispanic, and African American are defined as follows:
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including for examples, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Hispanic: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa.