ActiveAndFit saidAs far as all the ethnic terminology. I am confused. Some voter registrations I have filled in were utterly confusing .. Here is the US census for 2000 ...
The 22nd federal census, in 2000, had a "short form" that asked two race/ancestry questions:
1.Is the person Spanish/Hispanic/Latino? The U.S. Census is mandated by the United States Constitution. ... 1850 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Representation of Mulatos during the Latin American colonial period. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...
* No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino
* Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano
* Yes, Puerto Rican
* Yes, Cuban
* Yes, other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino (write in group) (WTF??? :lol )
2.What is the person's race?
* Black, African American, Negro
* American Indian or Alaska Native (write in tribe)
* Asian Indian
* Native Hawaiian
* Guamanian or Chamorro
* Other Pacific Islander (write in race)
* Other race (write in race)
This census acknowledged that "the race categories include both racial and national-origin groups."
These identities/ethnic groups get complicated because some idiot statisticians in the U.S. decided to randomly draw circles around groups of people and give them all an arbitrary identity (this was decades ago). Now, in the age of being P.C., they're finally honoring people's true identities (but have a long way to go).
Hispañola is the island that is home to Haiti and the D.R.. When you say "Hispanic" some people feel alienated by this term, so you can't force it upon them. Latin American supposedly includes people of all colonial/romantic descent (like Brazilians, although they might not feel included by this term). Chicano/Cuban/Puerto Rican/Mestizo etc. are all ways to parse identities further.
Similar issues come up with the terms "African-American" and "Asian." They are not specific enough or poorly defined.
(I say all of this as someone who has a little bit of each race in his genes and doesn't fit neatly into any single category. I also did most of my work in grad school on issues of diversity.)