Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The historical and contemporary experience of Peruvians in the United States is perhaps among the least known or documented of the Latina/o populations in the United States. Although most Peruvians arriving in the United States speak Spanish and are mestizos (of mixed indigenous and European descent), the Peruvian community in the country also includes those who, given their indigenous heritages and backgrounds, speak one of a number of indigenous languages such as Quechua and Aymara. Peruvian immigrants also include Afro-Peruvians, descendants of enslaved Africans, many of whom live in the coastal regions of Peru, accounting for 5% of Peru's total population of 27 million. Moreover, Asian Peruvians have also migrated to the United States and include not only Chinese Peruvians but also Peruvians of Japanese descent who, during World War II, were forcefully brought from Peru to internment camps in the United States and who chose to remain at the ...