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Pinche Alternative Meanings

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Mar 4,2009 - Dear Readers: Before we move on to your spicy preguntas, a bit of housecleaning. Primeramente, gracias to all the Know Nothings who responded to my 100-word-essay challenge

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Illegal Immigrant Slurs

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - I believe that the words people use to describe other people, intentionally or unintentionally, reflect their political values. But I want to give you the benefit of the doubt, so I write to you. You described Cesar Chavez as hating illegals in a previous column, and as being ethnocentric early in his career.

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Child Sexual Abuse & Pinche Etymology

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Feb 19,2009 - What is the deal with Mexican denial when it comes to dealing with child sexual abuse? I know counselors who tell me that its a big problem trying to get Mexican families to admit and confront this. In my own experience, I have seen my Mexican relatives be more concerned over the fact that their son is.

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Gabacho Gardeners & Hard Working Hispanics

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - Dear Mexican: I have a question from one Mexican to another: Why do gabachos think we know everything about plants? During conversations with the estadounidenses, I will get asked about plants, pruning, how to keep roses alive, etc.

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Los Narcos & Mexican Playlists

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Feb 9,2009 - Dear Mexican: I cant tell you how disappointed Ive been these past few days, as a U.S. citizen and ciudadano Mexicano, how Ive been seeing more and more stories about los narcos and how the Mexican government keeps getting screwed over in newspapers.

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Ask a Mexican

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Nov 24,2008 - Dear Mexican: I recently went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodgers Stadium. It was good to see the familias having fun with their children, pero I then saw and heard something disturbing. There will always be rivalries in any sport, of course, pero the white people cheering for the St.

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Ask a Mexican | Chris Cannon’s Immigration Stance & One Ignorant Catalan

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Oct 1,2008 - Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, also known as Mr. Amnesty, one of La Raza’s heroes, was trounced in the Utah primary by a relative unknown who is from the Tom Tancredo school of immigration reform. Cannon’s been bulletproof until the election despite...

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Ask a Mexican | Anchor Babies & Mexican Penis Size

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 24,2008 - Dear Mexican: What is an anchor baby? I am a 45-year-old male born in the U.S.A. My mother was born in ex-Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and my father was also born in ex-Yugoslavia (now Croatia). My father arrived to this country via a green card about four...

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Ask a Mexican | Catholic Bi-Mexicans, Frowners & The Woman in the Green Poncho

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 17,2008 - Dear Mexican: I am a chica struggling with the choice to come out to my parents about my sexual orientation. My family is Catholic and my parents are old school. While we are very close, I am scared of how badly this can go. My parents have been living...

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Ask a Mexican | Cops, Mexican Love & Witty Mojados

By Gustavo Arellano
POSTED // Sep 10,2008 - Dear Readers: The Mexican’s new book Orange County: A Personal History is in your local bookstore on Sept. 16—by pure coincidence, Mexican Independence Day! In honor of and to shamelessly promote my muy caliente libro (which deals with America’s...
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