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  • Christmas Comes More Than Once a Year for Mexicans

    published December 25, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I was driving home on old King Road in San Jose, California, where a bunch of Mexicans live, and I noticed that almost every... More >>

  • Required Reading to Ready Yourself for the Reconquista

    published December 18, 2008

    Dear Readers: A couple of columnas ago, I published a short list of my favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and urged... More >>

  • Why is Tony Montana such a li'l friend to Mexicans?

    published December 11, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Many times, as I cross the border into the United States, I see bald cholos buying images (posters,... More >>

  • What's Racist About Not Liking Mexicans?

    published December 4, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why is it that those of us who oppose illegal immigration are called racist by many Mexicans? Personally, I think Hispanic... More >>

  • How Many Illegal Mexican Immigrants Are There?

    published November 27, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I hear all the time that 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Is that true? Who counted them? How did they... More >>

  • Once and for All, Was Jimmy Hendrix Mexican?

    published November 20, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I recently received the biography of Rolling Stones bassist Ronnie Woods. While reading about his friendship with Jimi... More >>

  • Is the Mexican Promised Land really in Arizona?

    published November 13, 2008

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that "their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in... More >>

  • Questions from the real El Norte

    published November 6, 2008

    Dear Readers: So your presidential candidate lost (congratulations; McBama! Our condolences, O'Cain. Damn early deadlines...), and you can't... More >>

  • Are Gay Mexicans Homophobic or Do You Just Like Being Treated Badly?

    published October 30, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I know you've been asked variations of this before, but I'm going to ask you again anyway. I'm a gay white guy, and I've had... More >>

  • Just How "Illegal" Are Illegal Immigrants?

    published October 23, 2008

    Dear Mexican: One of our Arizona politicians once said on the PBS show Horizonte that the "crime" of being undocumented... More >>

  • Mexico's Niños Héroes Were Brave by Any Standard

    published October 16, 2008

    Dear Mexican: A group of very young soldiers in the Mexican Army were being chased through the castle by U.S. Marines. At the end of the... More >>

  • What's a Wab, and Where's the Love for Guatemalans?

    published October 9, 2008

    Dear Readers: I don't like to rerun columns 'cause it makes me look like a lazy Mexican, but I realize that as my column invades foreign... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published October 2, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I'm half-Catalan, and the women on my mom's side of my family have spent most of our lives being hated by Mexicans. I've never... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published September 25, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What is an anchor baby? I am a 45-year-old male born in the United States of America. My mother was born in ex-Yugoslavia (now... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published September 18, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I am a chica struggling with the choice to come out to my parents about my sexual orientation. My... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published September 11, 2008

    Dear readers: The Mexican's new book, Orange County: A Personal History, is in your local bookstore on September 16—by pure... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published September 4, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I'm an illegal alien. Got here on a tourist visa and stayed for a job. My gabacho employer knows about it... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published August 28, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans paint stripes on their donkeys in Tijuana? —Avenida Revolución... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published August 21, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I am the proud uncle of five Mexican-redneck kids who recently moved to Wausau with their mamá... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published August 14, 2008

    Dear Mexican: As a Mexican, I'm always ashamed of the fact that a lot of Mexican women just come to the United States to have babies and to... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published August 7, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Where I recently started working, Latinos make up about 95 percent of the workforce. We are, however, prohibited from speaking... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published July 31, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What's with calling yourselves "La Raza"? Being Mexicans, Chicanos or whatever isn't enough—now... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published July 24, 2008

    Dear Readers: Gracias, merci, obrigado for the many submissions in our contest asking readers to argue in 25 words why corn tortillas are... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published July 17, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why are there Mexicans in the Border Patrol? What a hypocritical thing to do to our people. —Carne Asada... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published July 10, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What's the fascination Mexicans have with Elvis? —Good Roceando... More >>

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