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Dear Mexican: I've been on sex-offender registry websites a couple of times, and it seems there are a lot of names ending with -ez. Is there an elevated rate of sexual deviancy amongst Mexicans? If so, why? El Güero Guapisimo Dear Readers: This is the first time in ¡Ask a Mexican! history I’ve ever changed... Read More
Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men think all us gabachas are like the girls in Bikini Car Wash? I am married, a conservative dresser, frankly not very good-looking at all (but I do have blonde hair, so maybe that counts for something on a guy’s internal whore-o-meter) and I speak karate-choppin’ good Spanish In fact,... Read More
Dear Mexican: I’m a half-mexicana, half-gabacha working as an appointment scheduler in a medical office. I’m one of a handful of schedulers there that speak Spanish. I’ve notice in the years I’ve been working in this field that about seven to eight times out of 10, when a Spanish-speaking patient calls, gets one of the... Read More
Dear Mexican: I am a butt-white Irish guy, happily and stoked to be married to a beautiful Chicana. Her familia is from a gorgeous rancho deep in the corazón of Zacatecas, and I've been wanting to experience all of the ranchero lifestyle I keep hearing about from my acquired familia mexicanos (and from those songs... Read More
Dear Mexican: I have a question for you about los mexicanos and the TSA, my most hated useless government agency. I heard that TSA does illegal ICE dragnets at airports to catch illegal aliens. My problem with TSA is that I get pulled aside for “special screening” every single time that I fly. It is... Read More
Dear Mexican: I work in one of those progressive companies. Most of the gabachos bosses are actually pretty least when your back isn't turned. There are a few a-holes pero there will always be a few; they've got gigs lined up in talk radio. Sabes que...what drives me bananas is when the company puts... Read More
Dear Mexican: How do we humanize the illegals in this country? My reasons for asking this question are many, but mainly a very personal one. I've been in this country illegally for 16 years, y ya chole no? For sixteen years I lived my life like anyone else: going to school and working. Eventually I... Read More
Dear Mexican: One of my pet peeves are Latinos who pronounce their last names with Anglo accents. For example, Rod-driguez instead of Roh-driguez. Would love it if you address this. Personally, I believe we Latinos should educate Anglos on correct pronunciation. Gomez the Groper Dear Wab: Before you start correcting Anglos and pochos on how... Read More
Dear Readers: Since it’s the end of the year and the Mexican is on his 18th tamale (made by the mujeres in his family, of course), behold some letters from angry readers (and one fan), along with my answers. Enjoy your champurrado, gracias for a great 2013, and may your 2014 involve more cousins smuggled... Read More
A list of the Mexican's favorite books this year—and Suavecito Pomade
Dear Readers: Behold your favorite Mexican's annual Christmas gift guide, where I give shout-outs to some of my favorite books that deserve your money this holiday season! And for once, I won't recommend my books—¡Ask a Mexican!, Orange County: A Personal History, and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America—as gifts...oh wait, I just did!... Read More
Dear Mexican: You mocked and didn't answer the legitimate questions raised in a letter to you a couple of weeks ago, about the guy who didn’t see a rosy future for a Mexican-led America. The writer correctly referred to serious problems in the Hispanic community, such as poor academic performance and births out of wedlock.... Read More
Dear Mexican: I find myself at odds with my peers because I don't like coffee or coffee drinks. I need to find a substitute beverage that will be tasty yet somehow hip. I've heard that Mexicans have magical chocolate drinks called atole, champurrado, and chocolate, but I don't know what is in them or what... Read More
Dear Mexican: My father and mother were able to come over because after the “yellow scare” was over, the States didn't seem to mind that Chinese were coming over here by the boat loads. Since my parents were given visas and green cards pretty easily, my father was able to get into school pretty easily.... Read More
Dear Mexican: Long time reader, first-time writer about this noble Aztlán. I watched the brown pride marches of the early 1970s and heard the shouts of La Raza and how it was going to be different now that the “Chicano” had arrived. The Mexicans were going to change things for the greater good. I remember... Read More
Dear Mexican: Could it really be possible for a terrorist to sneak into the U.S. through the southern border, or is that just more fear-mongoring from the conservatives? Not Crazy about Quds Dear Gabacho: Of course it’s possible, but we’re really not going to know until we find out, right? American officials have gone on... Read More
Dear Mexican: I’m a pocha immigration attorney. I have so many questions for you I'm thinking I should just hire you as a consultant. Why do Mexicans seem to want me to lie to them and steal their money, and tell them they can become residents even when it's hopeless? Why can't Mexicans answer yes... Read More
Dear Mexican: My hometown of El Paso is getting a new AAA baseball team. The owning group just announced the name: The El Paso Chihuahuas. Reasons given? The origins of the dog and the city's location in the Chihuahua desert, and that it was family-friendly. Many in this city are saying the name is offensive,... Read More
Dear Mexican: I was surprised, on a trip to Mexico earlier this month, that I only ever found the holiday referred to as ‘Dia de Muertos”, whereas in the States, I've only ever heard it referred to as “Dia de los Muertos.” I'm really curious as to WHY there's a difference north/south of the border.... Read More
Dear Mexican: My wife and I are looking to buy our first house. Being young (ish) and hip (ish) we're looking into buying in Santa Ana. It's amazing how much house and land you can get for $350K compared to the two-bedroom stacked cracker boxes in South OC. My question is two-fold: Has Santa Ana... Read More
Dear Readers: The Mexican is taking the week off because his home paper is preparing our fantabulous Best Of issue (download the Best of App, por favor, which also gets you access to my sister papers!). Behold, then, an oldie-but-goodie column that Art Laboe would approve of—enjoy!   Dear Mexican: A friend says she read... Read More
Dear Mexican: I’m a Mexican-American Catholic that is really upset about something I saw after Mass last night. As I waited for my son to come out of Confirmation class (yes, I had already attended Mass myself), I noticed something really odd. I saw a grocery cart parked by a curb. It was odd because... Read More
Dear Mexican: With the current state and federal prison system spitting out even harder criminals due to over crowding and gang activity allowed to a certain degree by the ‘system,’ while considering the small percentage of inmates who actually make it out and live a positive life…why are some legislators, government officials, American citizens gone... Read More
And why do rockeros despise Maná?
Dear Mexican: Can I “Ask a Mexican” why El Tri sucks so much? And why a little stadium in Columbus, Ohio was louder and more passionate than Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which seats over 100,000? Can I also ask why a country that lives and breathes soccer/fútbol always freaks out in Crew Stadium against... Read More
Dear Mexican: I have a Mexican friend at work, and we happened to get in a discussion that started off fine—but I believe that I offended her as the discussion progressed. My intention, of course, was not to do such. We were talking about an upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration, and I asked if she... Read More
Dear Mexican: I have read (the usual suspects and a few Know Nothings) that illegals can say a few magic words to get temporary, pending review, asylum status. The reports say the illegals can claim asylum from drug gangs. My understanding is that fear of crime in one's home country has never been grounds for... Read More
And will gabachos ever pick crops like Mexicans?
Dear Readers: The Mexican wants to be you to the carne asada case this Labor Day fin de semana, so behold two oldies-but-goodies I amazingly haven't yet passed off as new in this columna. The first one is extant and one of the favorite questions the Mexican ever got; for the second respuesta I've added... Read More
Gustavo Arellano
About Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2007 President’s Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.