Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15

How many Hispanic Americans do you see in this photo? If you hold that Canadians are also Americans, then the count would be four. If not, then three. The dolls and action figures are from right to left Olga Tanon, Hispanic Hot Toys action figure, R&D Doll's Susie, and YNU Group Mixis Rosa. Rosa is Hispanic-Canadian. Susie has Asian-Hispanic heritage. Olga Tanon is Puerto Rican.

Back in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week as the week containing September 15th and September 16th. Congress extended that observance to a month in 1988. How many people knew that Hispanic Americans have an observance month? I confess, I recently did.

So, I will be posting photos of Hispanic dolls and action figures. If any readers have blogs in Spanish that you would like to share, please send a comment with the URL of that blog - or website. I will submit a post with the links.



Niel Camhalla said...

Oh, I forgot about Susie's ancestry. Yes, she does count. I was wondering if there is a special month/week/day celebrating other ethnicity as well. :)

D7ana said...

Yes, Niel!

The U.S.A. has more “observance” months:

African-American History Month (February)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

Whew! It seems that there should be an Italian American month or day, too, but I didn't see that listed on the Census website. Oh, there is one -- October .

Ah the joys of living in a polyethnic country ;-D

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