What does it mean to be Hispanic in America today? Is there an "Americano Dream"? Is it being achieved? CNN takes a look at the challenges confronted by the Hispanic community and its growing influence in the realms of politics, culture and business.

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The growing influence of the Hispanic community is changing the social, cultural and political landscape of the country. What does it mean to be Hispanic in America? Grab your video camera and talk to us about your family and your community. Open up your photo album and share memories.
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