Are you proud you’re Hungarian? Identify yourself on the 2010 census form! Please complete the census form to ensure that your Hungarian ethnicity, background and cultural heritage are appropriately reflected in your response and counted. This is the only means for determining how many Americans have a Hungarian backgound.
Let the Census Know in March 2010 That You Are Hungarian –
Record your Race in Question 9 (where race means your heritage, nationality group, ethnicity) - by L. F. Somogyi, on 2010-02-22
In March of 2010, every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico will get a census form. When you receive it, answer the 10 questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope. Question 9 is where the census form lets you define your race, where this means your heritage, nationality group, ethnicity and related concepts.
How does the Census Bureau define race and ethnicity?
In general, the Census Bureau defines ethnicity or origin as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person 's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. (Official Census definition.)
Because of the wording of “race” used on the form and the categories listed such as the general category “white,, there is a seeming resultant bias toward gathering information about just the categories that are listed.
For example, a person who is of Hungarian heritage might only check “white” and not write in “Hungarian” as their race at the end of Question 9, because the words ethnicity, origin, nationality, or heritage are not explicitly used, though these are included in the definition of “race.”
Why aren’t all the races listed explicitly?
By way of explanation, the US Government says there are too many “races” to list on the form, so they focus on the so-called and defined primary ones. Unfortunately, there is no explicit effort on the part of the Government to really get good information on race (ethnicity, origin, nationality, heritage, etc) as reported and perceived by Americans who don’t fit the categories that the Government deems consequential.
Why fill in that you are “Hungarian?” Because being counted is what the Census is all about, it is important to fill in the information even though it is not one of the explicit ones listed. Knowing there is a significant group who identify themselves as Hungarian lets our representatives in Congress know they should keep our interests in mind when they vote on policy and deal with matters of foreign relations that are of special interest to us around the world.
But it is important to put down your race as “Hungarian” because the Census will take it into consideration if you do.
The Census makes language assistance available in 59 languages
Even though they don’t list all the “races,” the Census makes language assistance forms available in 59 languages, including Hungarian, to help people fill out the English language version of the census form.
You can see the instructional “assistance” census form in Hungarian here:
You can see what the Census document contains in English here:
Where do I fill in that I am Hungarian?
Question 9 is where you have the option of listing your race, in other words your nationality or ethnic identity, by filling it in. For example, if you fill in “Hungarian” it will be recorded as part of the results.
- CHECK BOTH "WHITE" and then "SOME OTHER RACE" and type "HUNGARIAN"
This is how Question 9 looks, as shown on the interactive web page that defines the census form:
In the Hungarian language “assistance” census form, this is how Question 9 reads:
Makes sure you fill in the form for everyone in your household. You can specify the race of others in the household on the second page of the census form under Question 6 in the same way.
If you have questions….
It is always important to provide useful information to help our free and democratic form of government make the right decisions on our behalf. The census form Question 9 is one piece of important information that you can provide that will help.
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