What does it mean to be Mexican-American?
Aztlan Oldies, 08/09/2019
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More than 30 million Americans trace their roots back to Mexico - but what does it mean to be Mexican-American?

More than 30 million Americans trace their roots back to Mexico - but what does it mean to be Mexican-American?

Mexican Americans (Spanish: mexicoamericanos or estadounidenses de origen mexicano) are Americans of full or partial Mexican descent. As of July 2016, Mexican Americans made up 11.2% of the United States' population, as 36.3 million U.S. residents identified as being of full or partial Mexican ancestry. And as of July 2016, Mexican Americans comprised 63.2% of all Latinos in Americans in the United States.

Many Mexican Americans reside in the American Southwest; over 60% of all Mexican Americans reside in the states of California and Texas.

As of 2016, Mexicans make up 53% of total percent population of Latin foreign-born. Mexicans are also the largest foreign-born population, accounting for 25% of the total foreign-born population, as of 2017.


There are more than 31 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States, a substantial and strong part of the fabric of the US. Here's a quick look at famous Mexican-Americans:

César Chávez

Chávez was a farm worker, labor leader, and activist. He helped found the National Farm Workers Association and used nonviolence to give national recognition to the farm workers' struggle. His motto, "Sí, se puede" ("Yes, it can be done"), inspired hope in generations of activists. César Chávez Day is an annual state holiday that promotes community service in honor of his legacy.

Robert Rodriguez

A truly maverick filmmaker, Rodriguez is the prolific director of such hits as 'Desperado' -- which first brought Salma Hayek to America's attention -- as well as 'From Dusk 'Til Dawn,' 'Spy Kids' and 'Sin City.' He has frequently collaborated with Quentin Tarantino and their unique style of storytelling has won millions of fans all over the world.

Eva Longoria

Longoria soared to stardom on 'Desperate Housewives,' which is in the midst of its final season. This Texas native has also embraced her heritage, producing and hosting the ALMA Awards, which honors Latinos for their work in entertainment. You may also remember Longoria for her marriage to NBA star Tony Parker, which ended in divorce in 2011.

Jessica Alba

Alba has been a star since her 'Dark Angel' days and has appeared atop several sexiest women in the world lists over the years. Alba, whose father is a Mexican-American, has managed to balance being a sex symbol, while also handling the duties of motherhood -- she has two young daughter with her husband, Cash Warren. She also takes time to help various charities, including raising money for AIDS research, working on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and serving as an ambassador for 1Goal, which aims to educate children in Africa.


What does it mean to be Mexican-American?


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