Post # 1
I got into a light hearted arguement with my husband about whether or not we are in an interracial relationship. I think we are because Im Mexican and hes Puerto Rican. He says we arent because we are both latin/hispanics.
What do you all think? 🙂
Post # 3
I would agree with your husband. Different ethnicities, same race.
Post # 4
I’d agree with your husband about the race, but with you about the culture. You may not be interracial, but you are likely multicultural.
Post # 5
@ellisrobertson: I agree… Race and culture are two different things…
Post # 6
I’m not sure how definitions go or whatever but Puerto Rican culture and Mexican culture is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Not to mention that Puerto Rico is a part of the US and Mexico is not (although the US did take a bite out of Mexico’s land a few hundred years ago!)
I had a flip-out fit at the Colorado PR Festival because they lumped the two together. It results in people thinking Mexican food is the same as PR food which it totally isn’t. Colorado doesn’t really get PR culture and because of misinformation they think that Mexican and Puerto Rican culture is interchangeable and it’s not.
If you are both born and raised somewhere stateside (I would put if you we’re both born and raised in the US but that doesn’t make much sense to say because if either of you were born in PR you would still have been born in the US!) then it probably doesn’t much matter my cousins who grew up here so they are Americanized.
ETA: As far as race goes it really depends and gets tricky. In Mexico most are decended from Europeans (mostly Spaniards) and/or the Indians that were there (as far as I know, I’m getting this info from what little I learned about Mexico’s history). In PR we were taught that we are a mix of the Tainos, the slaves, and the Spaniards (although where I grew up there where a lot of people decended from Corsians as well). In my case its even more complicated as I have Hawaiian, Prussian and Scandinavian roots (and I AM NOT A MUTT, I can trace my blood lines for hundreds of years in all cases). So its tricky if you are purely Mexican and he is purely Puerto Rican but neither of you know where your ancestors are from then there is probably some “race crossover” if your mixed with anything else it gets more complicated.
Post # 7
I would say you are intercultural for sure. I am Welsh and my Husband is Greek, and I certainly class us as intercultural because there are so many differences in our cultures.
Post # 8
You are intercultural but not interracial, race and culture are different.
Post # 9
Ok yea… this is why its confusing for me. I get we have different cultures. I asked some friends and they were taking sides too lol. A gf of mine pointed out that hes from the caribbean ie the isle of Puerto Rico.. even tho he wasnt born there (first gen born in US, NY) his family line is from there where as I was also first generation born here, CA, my whole family is from the west coast side of Mexico so our “lines” would have probably not crossed.
I mean.. his lineage is closer to the singer Rhianna than to mine! lol and this is what throws me off.
Post # 10
i love this question, and it is near and dear to my heart as my dear so is nuyorican lol. my answer is that you are different racially and of course culturally, but in the united states sense of the word, you are both the same ethnically, latino. as you yourself pointed out, you are from two very distinct latin american countries, spanish ancestry is your only link to each other. this in no way makes you the same racially, even though a few of your ancestors spoke spanish, thats like saying jamaicans are white because they speak english and have some white lineage. latin america is way too racially diverse to be all lumped together as 1, the words latino and hispanic were pretty much social constructs to quantify black, white, and racially mixed people of spanish and portuguese speaking descent. i hope this helps
Post # 11
@NaijaPuertoDorian: “the words latino and hispanic were pretty much social constructs to quantify black, white, and racially mixed people of spanish and portuguese speaking descent. i hope this helps”
That a great explanation and the best one I’ve seen in a long time. That’s what I took it to be other people tried to argue other things I just left it at that. I took it to mean like when people get put into Asian no matter where their background is from. I absolutely detest the word Hispanic and I cross it out on an app and write Puerto Rican instead.
But thats a whole other story.
Post # 12
My Fiance is Irish/Italian and I am Black American/Indian this would be considered interracial. Culture consist of your tradtions such as being Mexician and Puerto Rican but you both are considered hispanic.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church
It’s pretty widely accepted academically that there’s no such thing as race. So that’s an ivory tower answer to a kitchen table discussion.
As a very pale “hispanic”, I absolutely detest the labeling! People actually look at me and question my name because I’m not what they think a Rodriguez should look like… Yes, my ancestors spoke Castillian, but that says nothing about what my culture is or how many active melanocytes I have.
Post # 14
Mexican and Puerto Rican are nationalities, one can be black or white and still Puerto Rican because you were born there. I know a guy who’s ethnically Chinese but he was born in Mexico. You’re definitely and inter cultural couple.
Post # 16
Yah I don’t know – I’m Canadian, FH is British,and we live in Australia. All similar but who knows anymore! I say it doesn’t matter 🙂