Dear Mexican: Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, what my cousins and I and most of our kids know of Spanish is what we learn in Spanish classes. It's clear we lost our language treasure. What do you know of this loss on a local or national scale? Spangless Chicano
Dear Pocho: The 2011 National Survey of Latinos by the Pew Research Center reported that while 91 percent of first-generation Latinos said they spoke Spanish "very well/pretty well" and 82 percent of the segunda generation did, only 47 percent of third-generation Latinos claimed the same — far higher than virtually all other immigrant groups, but still just more than half that of the first generation. Far more telling is the language of preference for each generation while consuming culture. When it came to listening to music, the percentage rates of Latinos who listen to music exclusively in Spanish, English and Spanish, or exclusively in English changed dramatically toward preferring English between the first (49, 31, 18), second (18, 26, 54), and third (10, 16, 74) generations, respectively. The same happened with language preferences in watching television for the first (40, 34, 25), second (12, 17, 69), and third (5, 11, 83) generations as well.
I am constantly in disbelief that so many undocumented immigrants — primarily Mexicans — risk life and limb to enter the U.S. to, as they'll say, "provide a better life for their children." Aren't they aware that U.S. kids now are fatter, sicker and dumber compared with most of the rest of the world? Since U.S. kids are presently "mandated" 68 risky, experimental vaccines by age 18, we now have epidemics of autism, asthma, learning disorders, diabetes, childhood cancers, ADHD, etc. Your thoughts? Mother Warrior
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Dear Gabacha: Your tirade against vaccinations is puras mamadas. There was a recent measles outbreak in Orange County. The least-vaccinated pendejos? Areas where rich, stupid gabachos were the majority. Areas with the most-vaccinated people? Mexican-heavy cities. Mexicans don't have the luxury of believing conspiracy theories put out by celebrity chichis that put our children at risk — we've got curanderos for that.