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Dear Mexican: Where I recently started working at, Latinos make up about 95% of the work force. We are, however, prohibited from speaking Spanish. Our supervisor tells us that if we can so much as speak one word of English,&hel...


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Dear Mexican: What’s with calling yourselves “La Raza”? Being Mexicans, Chicanos or whatever isn’t enough—now you’re THE race? Sounds pretty racist to me.  —The Race is On Deart G...


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Dear Readers: Gracias, merci, obrigado for the many submissions in our contest asking readers to argue in 25 words why corn tortillas are superior to flour, or vice versa. Below are the winners for some of the cities that carry...



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Dear Mexican: Why are there Mexicans in the Border Patrol?  What a hypocritical thing to do to our people. —Carne Asada Carlos   Dear Wab: Not only are Mexicans in the Border Patrol, but la migra’s own fig...


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Dear Mexican: What’s the fascination Mexicans have with Elvis? —Good Roceando Tonight   Dear Gabacho: Your question is spot-on, but it’s taken awhile for Elvis to achieve icon status amongst Mexicans. As ...


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Dear Mexican: Whenever I have an immigration debate with my Chicano hermanos who support open borders and get angry at any type of immigration control, they don’t seem to understand the basic laws of economics, such as th...



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Dear Mexican: What do you think would happen if US citizens could as easily buy land and set up businesses in Mexico as Mexicans can do in the US? Might that be a big boost to the Mexican economy? I…


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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&h...


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Dear Readers: I must pull this week’s first pregunta out of the archives because ustedes keep asking it—obviously, not enough of you bought my paperback since it’s on Page 192! The second question, on the othe...



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Dear Mexican: First, it was the Native Americans, then it was the blacks, then the Japanese. For a while, Muslims. Now, I fear that American prejudice will soon overwhelm Mexicans. It’s one thing to get called a dirty Jap...


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Dear Mexican: I’m a Mexican-American, but I always lie and tell people my ancestors were from Spain and immigrated to the United States in the 1920s. My whole family says this. We feel embarrassed if we tell people that o...


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Dear Mexican: Why did the Mexican comedian Cantinflas never catch on in Hollywood? I thought he was supposed to usher in the Mexican wave of actors and movies that would help transform Hollywood. Instead, that movement ended up...



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Dear Readers: My recent column regarding the dissimilarities between Scots and Mexicans provoked a surprising amount of angry responses—by real Scotsmen furious that letter writer Great Scot could be so pendejo. Here&rsqu...


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Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas…   Dear Mexican: Whenever I see the television show...


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Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas…   Dear Mexican: Consider the similarities between ...



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Dear Readers: The paperback version of my book is out in stores now, cheap enough so that even a Guatemalan can afford it. Buy, por favor! Now, on to the preguntas . . .    Dear Mexican: Lately, I’ve been…


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Dear Mexican: I work at a Seattle-based company, and our Customer Service Department uses a phone tree system that asks all callers to press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, and a few other numbers for commonly spoken languages in...


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Dear Mexican: Sitting on my desk is a levy from the Internal Revenue Service for over $12,000 in unpaid taxes. Turns out some dude used my Social Security number for two years in Albuquerque to get paid, and didn’t bother...



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Dear Readers: Belated April Fools, amigos! So many of you fell for my hoax of a farewell column last week (don’t any of you know that the feast day of St. Melito falls on April 1?) that I’m compelled to…


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Dear Mexican: I’m a gay man in his mid-30s that has always loved Mexican men.  And this question is not only from my experience, but also that of friends: Why is it that Mexican men are so flaky? They seem…


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Dear Mexican: Since moving to Aztlán from Boston, I’ve spent so much time with my next-door neighbor from Mexico City that I’ve taken to using the word manito as a term of endearment with my buddies, regardle...



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Dear Mexican: Mexicans are angry that the United States might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behi...


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Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans have padrinos for everything? I never understood why, can you help me out? —The Godfather Fan   Dear Wab: Many gabachos have long wondered about the galaxy of godparents that surround Me...


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Why won’t Mexicans vote for a black man? —Hillary Hater   Dear Readers: Dozens of ustedes have sent the above question since the Iowa caucuses, forwarded mainstream media reports on this supposed phenomenon, an...



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Dear Mexican: Why do you suppose Mexico has such a hard time getting its act together? It has vast natural resources, good climate, natural ports, super-generous and good-looking neighbors, and plenty of laborers whom seem to b...


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Dear Mexican: My parents were Greeks who legally immigrated to the United States in 1920. When it became harder for Greeks to immigrate, they began to jump ship in New York. My father referred to them as “banana...


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Dear Mexican: After working with Mexicans for years, I have noticed that Mexican men have a double standard when it comes to homosexuality. Why is it that the “giver” is not regarded as being just as equally gay as ...



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Dear Readers: Mucho feedback from ustedes regarding recent questions about archetypical Mexican dogs and the propensity of wabs to D.U.I. Let’s empezar with the doggies:   You’re right about Chihuahuas. Crazy, ...