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1. Which is correct, Hispanic or Latino?
2. What do we call members of the different military branches?
3. Where is the world’s Muslim population?
4. How do Americans compare to other countries for working hard?
5. What does “save face” or “lose face” mean in East Asia?
6. Do all transgender people have gender-confirming surgery?
1. Hispanic means “of Spain or Spanish-speaking countries.” Latino means from or related to Latin America. Some Spanish speaking countries, such as Spain, are not in Latin America. Some Latin American countries, such as Brazil, are not Spanish-speaking countries. It can be confusing. Latin also refers to languages that developed out of ancient Rome, including French and Italian. But Latino as used in the United States refers to the geography of Latin America, not necessarily to languages. From 100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos.
2. They are airmen, soldiers, Marines, sailors and guardsmen.
Members of one branch are not called by names used for
members of another. From 100 Questions and Answers About Veterans.
3. Most Muslims, about 60 percent, live in Asia. About 20 percent live in the Middle East and North Africa. Most Arab countries have majority Muslim populations. Some are as high as 99 percent. However, most Muslims are not Arabs. From 100 Questions and Answers About Muslims.
4. The United States, with an average of 1,798 hours worked per year, is seventh on CNNMoney’s list of the hardest working countries in the world. The top six were Mexico
(2,317), Chile (2,102), South Korea (2,092), Estonia (2,021), the Russian Federation (2,002) and Poland (1,893). Four out of five employed Americans work 35 or more hours a week. From 100 Questions and Answers About Americans.
5. Think of this as public humiliation for loss of reputation or stature. One can lose face when publicly corrected or confronted, especially by a peer or subordinate. One gains respect when bolstered or affirmed. With origins in China, this is more keenly a part of East Asian tradition than that of America. When the need to save face is strong, it can be difficult to openly admit mistakes or discuss problems. Even in one-to-one conversations and negotiations, people can feel the need to save face. When confronted with a situation of this nature involving an East Asian considr feelings and not just the facts. From 100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures.
6. Most do not. According to the U.S. Transgender Survey, only 25 percent of respondents said they had some type of gender-confirming surgery. Transgender men were more likely than transgender women to have had surgery, 42 percent to 28 percent. Nine percent of nonbinary people have had surgery. Fourteen percent of transgender women and 21 percent of transgender men said they never wanted surgery. Surgery is expensive and insurance doesn’t always cover it. Even if a transgender person does not have or want surgery, their identity is still valid. From 100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity
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