Video about Hispanics, Latinos and 100 questions

Michigan State University journalism students talk about how and why they published “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos.”

Two of them, Jennifer Brown and Monica Reida, worked on making the guide. The third student, Santiago Montiel, who is from Mexico, was not in the class and talks about how the guide can help.

The students published the guide in about 10 weeks as part of the Bias Busters class that is producing the series, which also has cultural competence guides about Indian Americans, Americans in general and East Asian cultures.

The video was conceived of, shot and produced by Alexandra Ilitch, a student in the class.

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MSNBC Cinco de Mayo apology shouldn’t stop there

MSNBC was quick to apologize after an on-air gag about Cinco de Mayo angered viewers and others.

The apology should not be the last word. Michigan State University journalism students just published “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos” and found that a lot of people know less than they should about the holiday. MSNBC, with all its reach, could do something to close the knowledge gap.

Items of interest from the 100-question guide:

Hispanic front cover web res

* Hispanic or Latino? There is no consensus. The guide covers several terms besides those.

* At more than 50 million, this is the largest ethnic group in the United States.

* Most of its members are U.S. citizens by birth. Most, too, have Mexican ancestry

* Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration, not one that is celebrated in the more than 20 other Hispanic and Latin American countries.

* It celebrates the 1862 victory over France, not Mexico’s independence from Spain.

MSNBC could help spread the word, after it gets through apologizing.

(This series of guides to cultural competence does not repeat slurs or legitimize them by repeating them. The We decided to not link to the MSNBC clip.)

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Creating a buzz: Chinese students and luxury cars

MLive reporter Melissa Anders writes about the issues and the economics of Chinese college students driving expensive luxury cars while studying in the United States.

The issue is one we deal with in “100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures,” which was released to its student authors today. The student-authors are from the United States, China, Japan, South Koreas and Taiwan. They published their guide in about 10 weeks.

Anders’ article, published Monday, and the guide say that not all Chinese students can afford such wheels, of course. Anders comes closer to quantifying how many do, the reasons they do and the reactions of students, domestic and international, as well as people who work at Michigan State and in the local economy.

It is the perfect sort of question to deal with journalistically and out in the open, rather than with whispers and guesses.

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One story tells the tale of immigration’s tragedy

In publishing “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos,” we handled a lot of questions about immigration, especially across the Texas-Mexico border.

One was that many people who cross there are not from Mexico, but from Central and South America. Another was that people have many reasons for crossing. And a third was that one of the most difficult dynamics is when families try to reunite. Often, members are in hiding or unsure of how to find their way. Sometimes they are simply so young the odds seem impossible.

We have evidence of that in the April 19 New York Times story of 12-year-old Noemi Álvarez Quillay.

Manuel Chavez, associate professor of journalism. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

Manuel Chavez, associate professor of journalism. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

In the introduction to the 100 questions guide, Michigan State journalism professor Manuel Chavez wrote, “Family reunification is one of the most difficult stories of immigration. This is when adolescents and children cross into the United States to join parents or family. In some cases a parent accompanies them, but in many cases, they are alone. The deportation process for minors is complicated, since in many cases information about reaching their family members is inaccurate or incomplete.”

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Hispanics becoming California’s largest ethnic group

No one knows exactly when, but sometime this spring—some had predicted March—Latinos become the largest ethnic group in California.

Hispanic front cover web resThis is one of several milestones that will be reached regularly as Latinos become the nation’s largest ethnic group by around 2040. The U.S. Latino population reached 53 million in 2012 and is already having large effects on every facet of American society. Most Latinos in the United States are American citizens and millions of families have been here for generations.

In this column for CNN, Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes about the large and long-standing presence of Hispanics. He also deals, as others have, with the “sleeping giant” of unrealized Hispanic voting power.

These are a few of the themes we tackle in a new cultural competence guide. “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos,” which will be released about the time Latinos become California’s largest ethnic group.

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3 new guides coming in April

We are about to go to press this week with three new guides:

* 100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures

* 100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos

* 100 Questions, 500 Nations: A Guide to Native America

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Guide for international students now available

100 Questions and Answers About Americans,” written by U.S. students for international students, is now available on Amazon.

100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans

100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans

Guides are available in paperback and in digital formats.

This cultural competence guide explains American behaviors, values, language and differences.

Questions include:

* Americans speak English with many different accents. How does that occur?

* Why are there so many guns in the United States?

* When should I tip and how much should I leave?

* What is included in an American date?

Includes a glossary of American slang.

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Chinese enrollment in U.S. colleges attributed to economics, academics

The State News at Michigan State News provides statistics on international enrollment on campus. The charts show the top 10 countries of orign and show how, in recent years, students from China have increased to eclipse enrollment from all other countries.

The top three countries this school year, according to the MSU Office of International Students and Scholars, are China with 4,283, Korea with 563 and India with 276.

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International college students up for 7th year

More than 1.1 million students are either crossing borders in or out of the United States to pursue college, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education.

Record highs were reported in each direction, with 819,644 students coming to the U.S. for the 2012/13 academic year and 283,000 U.S. students studying abroad.

The number of international students coming into the United States was up 55,000, the seventh year in a row that the number has grown and the third year in a row that the rate of increase has grown. Most of the growth came from China and Saudi Arabia.

International students now make up almost 4 percent of the students at American universities. They contribute about $24 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

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Rock your mocs goes viral, global

A Nov. 15 campaign to celebrate indigenous heritages went viral and circled the world as indigenous people from all over the world “rocked their mocs” by wearing traditional moccasins, talking about them and posting pictures of them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Head shot of Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye

Rock Your Mocs champion Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, from Facebook

Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, U.S., set up a Facebook page for the event in 2012 and told the Associated Press that she wanted to get away from the “whole racial thing.”

The first Rock Your Mocs day was in 2011, according to Indian Country Today.

The AP said several people saw the day as a break from the controversy over the mascot name for the Washington Redskins football team.

You can pictures on the Rock Your Mocs Facebook page.

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