Tuesday, September 26, 2017

For Latinos, Awareness Isn’t Enough. We Need Understanding

By Steve Moya, NewsTaco Those in the communication field must always understand their job is not complete when people are moved to a basic awareness of something–say an issue. It is necessary to move people to a level of understanding. It is only then that they might act. A good example of this is education and policy-makers. They […]

GOP Leaders Look to Rebrand Their Message in Spanish

Republican leaders are organizing their party and speakers to become more knowledgeable in communication with Latino audiences and are arranging more appearances in Spanish-speaking outlets. “We’ve been absent from the conversation with Hispanic media for so long, anything can set back that progress we’ve made in the last eight months, so we are aggressive, just […]

US is 5th Largest Spanish-Speaking Country; New Census Interactive Map

By Claudio Iván Remeseira, @HispanicNewYork /NBCLatino The U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive, online map pinpointing the vast array of non-English languages spoken in homes across the nation. In addition to Spanish, the map shows the national distribution of speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, French Creole, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. After selecting one […]

New Study Suggests Lifelong Bilingualism Improves Cognitive Activity

A new study from The Journal of Neuroscience suggests that seniors who have been bilingual since childhood are faster at switching from one task to another than monolingual speakers. The study finds that lifelong bilingual speakers show different patterns of brain activity when making the switch of tasks. As people age, the ability to adapt […]

Latinos Celebrate Bilingualism At Home

Statistics from the Pew Hispanic Center have consistently found that the percentage of Spanish-speaking and bilingual Latinos in the U.S. is very high. The survey finds that 38% of all respondents are Spanish dominant, and 38% are bilingual. Findings show that about 1 in 5 children speak a language other than English at home, and […]

Education Achievement Gaps Widen Among Latino Students

A paper released by Formar Foundation claims that many socio-economic issues, such as low poverty levels, lack of language skills, and other social barriers, have a negative effect on the quality of education among Latinos in the United States, widening the gap for educational achievement. The research reports that Latino students are less likely to be enrolled in […]

Guest Blogger Series: Jameelah Xochitl Medina “Coming Full Circle: The Growth of Islam among Latino/as”

Re-visiting the Past: Ancestral Memory of Islam Although many US Americans of all ethnicities are embracing Islam, I often wonder if ancestral memory plays a role in the number of Latino/as embracing the faith of Islam. Latino/as may be first or even 3rd and 4th generation in US America, and many more of are indigenous […]