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According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Chicana/os represent roughly 67% of the 33.8 million Latina/os in the United States. Chicana/os are people of Mexican descent born in the United States, also known as Mexican Americans. Chicana/os are also called la raza (the race), la raza de bronce (the bronze or brown race), or la raza cosmica (the universal race). Given current and projected demographic changes for the Chicana/o community in the United States, it is necessary to develop a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and present-day status of Chicana/os.

Chicana/Os: History and Term Identification

Traditionally, the United States has been a country with a majority population made up of Caucasian Americans, and U.S. values and beliefs have evolved around Western European cultural practices (this is called ...

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