Ethnic and National Biographies
Differences in data collection strategies among ethnic groups. What is the relationship between nationality and ethnicity? This article explores these issues. Also, we explore the variable nature of data collection on ethnic groups. The main challenge is identifying the sources of such data. This article addresses these challenges and suggests several possible solutions. Ethnic & National Biographies
Differences in data-collection strategies for ethnic groups
When researching the differences between ethnic and national biographies, different methods may be used to collect data. Some research methods use an overarching question that serves as a focus for data collection. This question is often a generalized one, which allows for multiple sub-questions, each answering a different question. A clearly stated overarching question not only gives researchers a direction for their research, but also opens the door to additional questions during data collection and analysis.
Variability of data on ethnic groups
While data on ethnic and national biographies tend to be similar, there is some variance in these types of data. While this can be a good thing, some people are less comfortable reporting these kinds of data. In such cases, it may be helpful to consider other factors to make your study more effective. For instance, do you prefer a bar graph or a pie chart? If you are looking to compare relative sizes of categories, a bar graph is probably the best way to go.
The variability in skin color is often caused by genetic mechanisms. Several studies have shown that there is a large genetic component to skin color variation. These studies may also enhance our understanding of skin color variation in modern human populations. However, these results are not necessarily representative of the entire population, and may be biased by the sample size. Further, they may not reflect the true ethnic composition of modern people. However, the data collected may be useful for determining how ethnicity affects the quality of life in various societies.
Relationship between ethnicity and nationality
The relationship between nationality and ethnicity in biography is complicated. Many people have multiple identities, reflecting complex ancestral origins, communal associations, and different ideological views on race and culture. People do not change their ethnicity for the sake of fashion, but rather emphasize different aspects depending on circumstances. A person of mixed ancestry, for example, may identify as a Native American in one context and as white in another. Census data reflect this range of responses.
While many people today choose to identify as white, discrimination against members of Southern or Eastern European descent is still prevalent. However, immigrants and their children can "escape" discrimination by adopting a new surname and cultural practices. People of mixed ancestry, including people of light skin and partial Native American descent, were rarely granted the same opportunities as whites. Moreover, those of mixed ancestry were often excluded from political and social privilege.
Although recent immigrants from Asia and Latin America have been increasingly identifying themselves as "non-white," they still tend to report multiracial identities. In fact, a large minority of Asian and Latino respondents identify as "panethnic," whereas the majority reports as "white."
Racial identity formation is a formative process that begins in childhood. In many cases, the boundaries of racial and ethnic categories are imposed from above. Governmental agencies created categories such as "Hispanic" and "Asian American" for data-gathering purposes. They also reflected the desires of panethnic coalitions. The construction of racial and ethnic classifications has a long history, and has become increasingly complex.
While there is a growing concern over the over-detailed data on race and ethnicity, it is important to note that American society has been obsessed with racial and ethnic measurement and its relationship with racial identity. Racial and ethnic categories have been used for generations to define nationality, and have long since reached a point of diminishing returns. As such, we should not overlook the role of ethnicity in contemporary biographies.
The intermixing of nationality and ethnicity in American culture has made the boundaries between groups blurred. Racial diversity within panethnic groups has also eroded the boundaries between groups and may even be starting to dissolve altogether. These intermixing of nationalities may be leading to a new kind of melting pot. For example, some immigrants in America are now more likely to identify their children as multiracial.
Throughout American history, immigrants from Latin and Asian countries have accounted for a large proportion of the country's population. In fact, in the first census, one-fifth of the total population was of African descent. This ethnicity has maintained remarkable continuity for more than two centuries. In 2000, 281 million Americans identified themselves as white while one-eighth were black. These demographic trends continue to affect the way people write about different nationalities in biographies.