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From: Wilcox Lisa <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:57:13 -0700
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In-Reply-To: <>!!&p_search_text=race%202010

"What does the Census Bureau mean by 'race'?

The Census Bureau collects race data in accordance with guidelines
provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and these data
are based on self-identification. The racial categories included in
the census questionnaire generally reflect a social definition of race
recognized in this country, and not an attempt to define race
biologically, anthropologically or genetically. People may choose to
report more than one race to indicate their racial mixture, such as
“American Indian and White.” People who identify their origin as
Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be of any race.
In addition, it is recognized that the categories of the race item
include both racial and national origin or socio-cultural groups. You
may choose more than one race category."

There. THAT should straighten it all out.


On Mar 16, 2010, at 7:35 PM, wrote:

> I wonder if anyone here can answer my question: how many races are
> there?
> Those who are living in the USA probably have received the US
> census form.
> On it are listed races such as Japanese, Asian Indian, Chinese,
> Filipino,
> Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Chamorro, Samoan,
> other
> Asian and other Pacific Islander. There is also White, Black,
> African Am or
> Negro, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
> I must have slept through some class (either sociology or
> anthropology) or
> missed reading articles on this because I didn't know there so many
> races.
> Thanks.
> Nora
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