Ask a Mexican

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2007 - Social Science - 272 pages
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DEAR MEXICAN:

WHAT IS ¡ASK A MEXICAN! ?

Questions and answers about our spiciest Americans. I explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power.

WHY SHOULD I READ ¡ASK A MEXICAN! ?

At 37 million strong (or 13 percent of the U.S. population), Latinos have become America's largest minority -- and beaners make up some two-thirds of that number. I confront the bogeymen of racism, xenophobia, and ignorance prompted by such demographic changes through answering questions put to me by readers of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column in California's OC Weekly. I challenge you to find a more entertaining way to immerse yourself in Mexican culture that doesn't involve a taco-and-enchilada combo.

OKAY, WHY DO MEXICANS PARK THEIR CARS ON THE FRONT LAWN?

Where do you want us to park them? The garage we rent out to a family of five? The backyard where we put up our recently immigrated cousins in tool-shack-cum-homes? The street with the red curbs recently approved by city planners? The driveway covered with construction materials for the latest expansion of la casa? The nearby school parking lot frequented by cholos on the prowl for a new radio? The lawn is the only spot Mexicans can park their cars without fear of break-ins, drunken crashes, or an unfortunate keying. Besides, what do you think protects us from drive-bys? The cops?
 

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Worest book stupid people t(°•°) ← see if you get the picture
Oh my god this book is racist f*ck the writer nd the developer >=~P

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Thats right no stars! The "book" was terrible and not at all funny, not even really a book. It does what it was seemingly intended to do, which is to bring attention to the author by using stereotypes of Mexicans in order to shock and bring him celebrity but not for journalism. Shocking and silly enough to get him on the Colbert report so Steven could ask him dumb questions about Mexicans.
Weve got enough racisim to deal with in Orange County without giving south county bigots ammunition. Orange County is getting worse and even more racist toward us if you havent noticed. Maybe you should report on that instead of trying to write comedy. You arent even funny.
Really, If I wanted to read dumb little quips about my people perpetrated by another Mexican, I would pick up that ad driven rag, the OC Weekly where Gustavo got his start. The OC Weekly that is seemigly funded by revenue generated by the sex slave trade along with all the porn ads in the back....about 5 pages worth!
But thanks Gus, all those numbers and pictures of prostitutes save us time when choosing our "chicas calientes" as we say.
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CULTURA
32
SEXO
60
INMIGRACIÓN
85
MUSIC
111
FOOD
138
ETHNIC RELATIONS
161
FASHION
187
WORK
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
237
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Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! column has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). He has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and The Colbert Report. For more information, visit AskAMexican.net.

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