Meeting: Hispanics from the USA in Madrid

02/06/2003 to 02/08/2003

The Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. organized an initial meeting with a group of Hispanics from the United States to be held at Casa de América in Madrid on February 6-8, 2013. This meeting was attended by thirteen representatives from the Hispanic communities in the United States, two of whom were women, pertaining to the academic, researching, social leadership and journalism realms. Attending in representation of Spain were: members of the Board of Trustees of the organizing Foundation and officials from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs who share an interest in keeping track of the subject of Hispanics. Attached please find the list of participants in this meeting. The Spanish media was also present and reported news on this meeting.
An initial evaluation can be made of the first meeting with Hispanics on the part of the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU., in reference to the three major topics of the respective panel discussions into which the conversations held were organized concerning the following issues:

I. The citizens of Hispanic origins in the North America. Sociological data.
Independently of the details of the basic data on the Hispanic communities in North America which will be stated in the Minutes of the meeting and which will show how diverse and complex the world of the Hispanics is and the important fact of having become the largest minority in the United States, it is advisable to highlight the following opinions set out with regard to as many key ideas:
1. Emigration of Hispanics to North America
2. Hispanic identity

II. Hispanics in the United States, Latin America and Spain
The comments made in second of these panel discussions focused on a number of questions related to the fact of the political borders and their far-reaching importance concerning the cultural borders. Both of these questions come to bear in the relations among the United States, Latin America and Spain. Phenomena such as biculturality, the melding of Hispanics and Anglo-Americans, the re-hispanization of the Anglo-Americans or the reverse were dealt with rapidly in outlined form given the short time available.
1 Latin identity and the relations with the United States and Latin America
2. The relations of Hispanics with Spain

III. Spain and the Hispanic community of the United States
This topic, which has been dealt with in part in the preceding section above, must be focused based on the existence of a twofold unawareness of what Spain and the United States are and of Spain’s scarce presence in North America. As the moderator Emilio Cassinello pointed out, this scant degree of knowledge has its beginnings in a very minor historical presence of the Spanish population residing in the country (a total of 287,000 Spaniards compared to 51 million Germans throughout the entire history of U.S. immigration, for example) and winds up in a very small number of Spanish companies that are currently operating in the United States.
1. Spanish cultural heritage in the United States
2. The Spanish languages
3. Assumable leaderships
4. The Hispanics liaisoning for Spain

IV. Conclusions following the initial meeting
1. Interest. Highly interesting for the Foundation and for the Spanish government representatives. The active presence of members of the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU., which organized the meeting, and the collaboration of two Secretaries of State from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Director of Casa de América is indicative thereof. The U.S. Ambassador in Madrid also stressed his Administration’s interest in this process. Practically all of the Hispanics comprising the group invited, comprised of generalists (representatives from the academic, research, journalism realms, social and opinion leaders) were practically all of the same opinion.
2. Usefulness. Highly useful as a result of having contributed to remedying unawareness and preventing mistakes from being made in the continuation of the process. This type of meetings, of which this meeting has been the first of many, is indispensable for finding common ground and clearing up doubts before planning decisions.
3. Organization. Very good, which undoubtedly contributed to the success of this meeting.

List of those invited from the United States
List of those invited from Spain
Participant biographies
Hispanics. Antonio Garrigues Walker
More Hispanics than Spaniards. José Comas
Meeting Summary: The Hispanics from the United States in Madrid. Casa de América, Madrid