What five words or phrases would you choose to describe your identity?

Photo: A snapshot of some of the people featured in the MPR News project No one word: Latino identity in Minnesota

Through the Public Insight Network, MPR News collected the stories of over 125 Latinos in Minnesota who trace their roots back to 17 different countries.

The demographics of Minnesota are changing and the growing Latino community is an important part of that change. The first wave of Latino migration to Minnesota began in the early 1900s, when migrant workers from Mexico would came to the state to work in factories and in farm fields. Some of these workers moved on, but some stayed, many settling on St. Paul’s West Side.

More recently, Latinos have been the fastest growing group in Minnesota for the past decade, establishing thriving communities throughout the Twin Cities metro area and in greater Minnesota. As of July 2012, the Latino population had grown by 85 percent since 2000 to a total of 264,359, according to U.S. Census data. Looking at the youngest generation the trend seems likely to continue. Latinos make up 8.3 percent of Minnesotans under 18, making Latinos the largest minority group in that age group.

Some of the respondents’ families have been in Minnesota for generations, while others have arrived in the past few years. Some came to the state as migrant workers, others as professionals.Their stories make it clear that there is not a universal take on what it means to be Latino — or Hispanic or Chicano — in Minnesota. But the stories do have one thing in common: Whether the respondents or their ancestors came to the state for work, love, or education, Minnesota is now home.

Today’s Question: What five words or phrases would you choose to describe your identity?

  • JQP

    on the + side : half way there
    on the – side : half way there

  • PaulJ

    The five I thought of make me sound as vain as a hip hop DJ; so, in the interests of good taste, I’d better pass on this one.

    • JQP

      Maybe :”Carly Simon sang it “

  • Typical Commenter

    Arrogant, Ignorant, Sanctimonious, Self-absorbed, and Opinionated

  • Melissa

    5 words to describe my identity: European, Short, Thoughtful, Hippy, Dreamer

  • Pearly

    I am a white Hispanic.

  • theothergeoff

    recently-awakened White, Anti-Racist Justice Fighter

  • Bhumika Shah

    I am honest and trustworthy person.I am cool ,calm,relaxed and collected. I am caring .I am responsible person.I believe whole world is my family and every
    one loves me.I am blissful and happy person .I am down to earth.I am easy going and fun loving person.I am bold,brave and creative person.I am kind hearted and helpful person.