Sara Inés Calderón


It’s not that Latinas don’t love hearing how their individual characteristics pale in comparison to stereotypes thrown around on talk radio…well, actually, they don’t love it. At all.

NOLA student Sophia Garcia says the stereotypes that bother her most are the ones she hears when she share her “opinions” — that she’s being overly “spicy” and “ghetto.” Who would be bothered by that? Probably anyone.

What you think?

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We scraped the Internets to bring you the very best Cinco de Mayo graphic memes.
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Willy Wonka:

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virgen_de_guadalupe_tattoo_by_srhiena-d5b99mpYou know you’ve heard the story before. A grandmother in a faraway place has found La Virgen on her tortilla or her window or her ceiling or wherever it is that she found her.

Don’t pretend like you haven’t looked for things shaped like La Virgen before! It’s all a part of our culture, but because it’s also a recurring and hilarious part, we wanted to round up the list for you.

  1. A Tortilla – This is one of the most common ones, close second to Jesus on a piece of toast.
  2. A Tree – I wrote about this one when I was a reporter on the border, but I’m not the only one. [Mas…]

mrpochowhitehouseI accompanied MR. POCHO on a trip to Washington, D.C. He said if we took photos and put them online then the trip would be deductible as a business expense. OK, then.

After we visited the White House, we went to look at where our money went — over at the Department of the Treasury: [Mas…]

thecholafiedvierginVirgen de #Guadalupe #mural #streetart in #Highland Park. I think the barbed wire is an especially nice touch. #Latinas #latism

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for a Mexican hipster to remake some of your favorite English-language songs in an alternative cumbia style while wearing hipster mustaches and silver sneakers, you need look no further than Los Master Plus.

I first heard of the Guadalajara duo with their remake of King of Leons’ song, Sex on Fire, Sexo en Fuego, a homemade and tongue-in-cheek music video that makes fun of both hip hop and rock music videos in one fell swoop, last year.

Last week I hung out with El Comanche and Larry Mon at The Conga Room in Downtown Los Angeles. [Mas…]

I consider myself Latina, close to my family’s Mexican culture; I’m bilingual and I’m happy with that identity. But, more often than not, it seems like everyone else is trying to corral me into some other identity, telling me that mine is not sufficient.

The neighborhood where I live (photos, above) is a perfect example.

It’s split in two: one part of it is gentrifying rapidly, and the other is filled with Mexican and many immigrant families. I where it’s more Mexican, which makes me — in all my professional hipster-ness — stand out sometimes, but people still speak to me in Spanish and often I just become part of the scenery. But then there are other times. [Mas…]


The long-anticipated “comprehensive immigration reform bill” is set to be introduced to the public by a bi-partisan group of legislators today.

What exactly is the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013?”

The compromise proposal won’t cover all the people here without legal status, for one thing, nor will it create a lasting change — reform — of the immigration system.

What it will do, though, is line the pockets of security contractors via $3 billion dollars for “border security.” [Mas…]

Pocha Podcast #2: Sexism, feminism, football and IT (NSFW audio)

by Sara Inés Calderón April 16, 2013 Audio
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Pochas Elise Roedenbeck and me, Sara Inés Calderón, have a grand old time talking about sexism and feminism. Isn’t it interesting that, even though the U.S. had a “feminist movement,” we have never elected a woman president, and the wage gap between men and women in Latin America is smaller than it is here? And […]

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A Latina’s Guide: How to talk to a racist

by Sara Inés Calderón April 3, 2013 Cultura
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As unfortunate a reality as it may be, one way or another in our country, you’re going to have to deal with someone who is racist, or at least holds a little bit of prejudice. What’s even more unfortunate is that you’re most likely to come across someone who doesn’t necessarily know that they are […]

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How to eshake hands Chicano style (CA y TX versions) [video]

by Sara Inés Calderón November 26, 2012 Cultura
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In this video for POCHO U’s Gabacho Outreach Program (POCHO U, GOP!) I demonstrate the Chicano Handshake including a California version, a Texas version and a version with extra love. Why can’t we be friends?

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Pocho Ocho new merit badges for Latina Girl Scouts

by Sara Inés Calderón April 5, 2012 Cultura
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Latina girls are the key to growth for the Girl Scouts,  and the organization needs to shift culturally to accommodate these new scouts. How do you bring in a new crop of Latina scouts? How about some new Merit Badges? 8. Touting Trenzas. It may be India María style or Frida Kahlo style, but any good […]

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My Bottom Line: ‘Casa De Mi Padre’ is (1) Funny and (2) Not racist

by Sara Inés Calderón March 29, 2012 Cultura
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Over the weekend I went with two guys to see Will Ferrell’s latest film, Casa De Mi Padre. The film stars several Mexican actors and was produced by a Latino production house. If you want the bottom line, here it is: I went into the movie with low expectations, but was surprised that it was funny, not […]

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Pocho Ocho ways Latinas emasculate Latinos

by Sara Inés Calderón March 28, 2012 Cultura
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It can be hard to be a Latina, but it can be even harder to be in love with one. I will admit that I occasionally emasculate my Latino friends, love interests and acquaintances. Given that Latinos and Latinas alike often contend with issues of machismo,  emasculation can sometimes happen by accident. Then again, for […]

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We’ve got your Pocho Ocho cures for la cruda right here

by Sara Inés Calderón March 1, 2012 Cultura
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We all know it’s coming. It’s only Thursday, but THE WEEKEND is right ahead of us — a sign post up ahead that spells PARTY. And somebody is gonna get her drink on. If that means you, perhaps we can help with the Pocho Ocho cures for your hangover (la cruda.) 8. Menudo. In my […]

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Pocho Ocho props you need to be a proper Latino

by Sara Inés Calderón February 28, 2012 Cultura
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You know, sometimes it’s hard being Latino. You wake up, go about your day, do your business, and then people ask you where your donkey is, or whether your family is from Mexico. And, you know, it may be that your family has been in the U.S. longer than theirs, or that no one in […]

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Pocho Ocho stereotypes of the Latino professional

by Sara Inés Calderón February 22, 2012 Cultura
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8. You’re always late. 7. You laugh or talk too loudly. 6. You have a short temper. 5. You’re spicy/overly sexual.

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Pocho Ocho words that should be in the dictionary

by Sara Inés Calderón February 15, 2012 Cultura
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Sometimes finding the right word can be tricky, so you need to look them up. That’s why these eight pocho words need to go into the English dictionary: 8. Irregardless – That this word does not officially exist has never stopped anyone (including me) from using it. Why use regardless or irrespective when this one sounds […]

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Pocho Ocho 90s things I wish were back that aren’t Pete Wilson

by Sara Inés Calderón February 7, 2012 Cultura
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It looks like the 1990s are back now that former Gov. Pete Wilson (R-CA) is in the political spotlight as the new chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. I liked the 90s, but why doesn’t good stuff come back? You know, stuff like crushed velvet and bell sleeves, Beverly Hills 90210 fashion and NAFTA. Here […]

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Meet Daniel D. Portado, the original ‘self-deportationist’

by Sara Inés Calderón January 31, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CYBERESPACE) Although Mitt Romney has lately been in the news for promoting self-deportation, there is someone who beat him to the concept back in the 1990s — Daniel D. Portado. The self-proclaimed “original self-deportationist” encouraged others to follow his example and self-deport during California’s brush with anti-immigration legislation in the 1990s. In […]

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Girls – no matter how you dress, guys will scope you out

by Sara Inés Calderón January 25, 2012 Cultura
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Have you ever noticed, ladies, that no matter how you dress or how you act, men are going to check you out? Bosses, co-workers, friends, stranger, acquaintances or just plain cochinos, they are going to scope you out as much or as little as your clothing allows? Ugh. I grew up in the Catholic/Mexican tradition […]

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Am I a racist because I want to date Latino guys?

by Sara Inés Calderón January 15, 2012 Cultura
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During my seemingly eternal quest for love, I’ve been accused  more than once of being “racist” for mostly dating Latinos. Part of this is totally my fault and the result of my whining and chiflazón. There’s  a misunderstanding about what motivates me and other people like me, who are interested primarily in dating other Latinos. […]

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The Pocho Ocho Spanglish words every pocho must know

by Sara Inés Calderón January 12, 2012 Cultura
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8. Pants,  as in sweatpants, and it’s pronounced in Spanish, otherwise it wouldn’t count as Spanglish. Say “pontz.” These are what Richard Simmons should wear. 7. Chores, the seasonal opposite of pants, chores (pronounced: CHor-Essss), are even good to wear during the winters in most of the Southwest. Richard Simmons wears these. 6. Cornfleis,  you […]

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SRSLY? Lame-ass pick-up lines of would-be Latino lovers

by Sara Inés Calderón January 10, 2012 Cultura
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The first time a man made a sexual advance to me – some random guy on the other side of the street – I was 13.  Yes, although I hadn’t even started shaving my legs, I was already trying to figure out how to deal with sexual weirdos. Such tender memories. If I recall correctly, […]

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