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chipotlewallWhen we last visited the Chipotle Mexican Grill saga, the issue was the inability of the food chain to find any Latino writers to feature on their writer-decorated packaging.

Have they learned? An observant blogger and Mayan art geek in Philadelphia visited a Center City Chipotle Mexican Grill location and did a quick double-take when he saw the bas-relief artwork on the walls.

Here’s how University of Pennsylvania grad student Taylor Jones tells the story: [Mas…]

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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

6. Squanto’s succotash was really takeout from Dave & Busters [Mas…]

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wondairfulI love it when my vocation and avocation converge as they do in this wonderful comic installment of Wonder Woman from the one and only Pappy’s Golden Age Comic Blogzine. Pappy explains:

This delightfully oddball tale is set in Mexico with a beautiful eight-foot-tall señorita, bandits with bandoleros, Wonder Woman’s invisible plane, chains, bondage, and even Wonder Woman in bare feet walking over hot coals. Wow.

This Mexican melange is drawn by H.G. Peter, and is scanned from Sensation Comics #45 (1945).

An illustrator and lover of classic comics and a curator of artifacts focused on constructions of “Mexicans” in U.S. mass culture, rarely do I chance upon an artifact that blends these worlds (not to mention my not-so-secret fetish for fantastically strong women!)

Here’s a page from the issue featuring bandit “Mexicans,” Wonder Woman, freakish “Marya the Amazon maid” y mucho mas more [click to enlarge.] [Mas…]

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It’s on the Internetz so it’s got to be right! Here’s how to pronounce “pocho,” according to Forvo.com. It’s a Spanish word, don’t you know.

“What exactly IS all this pocho talk?” you might ask.

Click for the answer.


This Latino Field Study anthropology video examines a culturally-distinctive mannerism many Anglos find confusing – the difference in the way Latinos perceive time. The experts also show you how to calculate when to expect a Latino for a 5 PM appointment – so-called “Latino Time.”

PREVIOUSLY ON LATINO FIELD STUDIES: [Mas…]


This second Latino Field Study anthropology video examines a culturally-distinctive mannerism many Anglos find confusing – what the researchers refer to as Emotional Loudness.

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Tijuana was a welcoming destination for Jewish refugees who fled Europe, Asia and the Mideast looking for a better life. This is one family’s story, and a POCHO Rosh HaShanah (New Year) tradition because shanah sorta rhymes with Tijuana. The Jewish year 5775 begins at sundown Wednesday, September 24; we wish all who celebrate a happy, healthy, peaceful, loving, prosperous and sweet New Year.

OY! DON’T RUN AWAY SO FAST! HOW ABOUT SOME NICE KOSHER NACHOS AKA TOTOPOS DE GRIBEÑES CON GUACAMOLE?

Official spokesman for U.S. Hispanics quits: ‘It’s a bullshit job!’

by María Purísima September 5, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MIAMI) Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night. “This is a bullshit job and I’ll never be able to please anybody,” he told PNS in a late-night phone call. “I mean, I’ve been at this for a while, and let me tell you, it hasn’t […]

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Cold war chills Rio Grande Valley town as raspa rebellion heats up

by THE VALLEY LEMON July 18, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EDINBURG, TX) Eddie’s Raspas, the sunny yellow shack out on Sprague, used to be the place to be on a scorching Valley afternoon. “People would come from all around and say, ‘Eddie, which of your five delicious flavors shall I have today?’” Eddie Cardenas recalled fondly. “It was great.” Until six weeks […]

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PochOpinion: Here’s what I thinko about Cinco

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2014 Cultura
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White folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor. I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos. He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, […]

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Mexicans + Lexington, Kentucky = ‘Mexington’ (photos, audio)

by Bronco del Camino April 21, 2014 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. Here’s a student podcast interview with the Profe (he’s on the Twitter, too) and a few selected photos […]

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Chicanos: How did we become America’s new slave culture?

by Emiliano Villa February 26, 2014 Cultura
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Who are we? In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul. I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little […]

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Locally-grown Mexican chocolate is an ‘act of resistance’ (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN February 4, 2014 Cultura
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The Aztecs and Mayans released the magic of chocolate (originally, xocolatl) to the world, only to lose the industry to Europe. Now, growing and processing chocolate in Mexico is virtually an An Act of Resistance. Video by The Perennial Plate. To find out about food tours like this, check out Intrepid Travel.

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Me? In London, I’m a ‘culturally-American Mexican’

by NANCY LANDA February 3, 2014 Cultura
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Where are you from? That is a simple question, isn’t? Well, for some of us, the answer is not so straight forward. My experience in London in the past four months has included fascinating dialogue with people I have come across. It is one thing I have come to expect from such a global city […]

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Know your cultural history? What’s wrong with these pictures?

by THE MYSTERY DETECTIVE January 13, 2014 Cartoons
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Ladies and gentlemen, give it up! On vocals, Mountain Chief of the Blackfoot.

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Pocho Ocho secrets of the first Thanksgiving feast

by Comic Saenz November 28, 2013 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight things right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. Squanto’s […]

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¡Orale! The Fung Brothers wish you a ‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ (video)

by WONG GUEY November 27, 2013 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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Pocho Ocho ‘things educated Chicanos like’

by Comic Saenz November 7, 2013 Cultura
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We found this blog called Stuff Educated Chicanos Like | Information on those kids from Aztlan and it’s like it was conceived and written about us here at Pocho, but no. The blog started in 2008 and hasn’t been updated since 2011, but it still makes us LOL. (We stole just eight headlines from the […]

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@SaraChicaD: Why do Latinos shame each other over culture? (video)

by Chale Knickerbocker November 6, 2013 Cultura
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews, Sara Inés Calderón (@SaraChicaD on the Twitter), wants to know why Latinos shame each other over culture.

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Mom puts cross on son’s front lawn to mark another failed relationship

by EresNerd October 14, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOUSTON) Sara Maestas placed a two-foot-high cruz on her only son’s lawn early this morning — a cross in remembrance of his latest failed relationship. The 32-year-old transactional lawyer got dumped Saturday night by his novia, less than 20 minutes after he blew off a dinner date. And now his mother’s white […]

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[Breaking] Back to School: Boys named ‘José’ get new names

by EresNerd September 5, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) All across America, elementary school teachers performed a traditional back-to-school ritual this week — the ceremonial renaming of thousands of boys named “José.” The annual ritual is performed when teachers take roll in the morning: First, teachers call the boys named “José” by new “American” names, typically “Joe,” “Joey,” or […]

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Breaking: New stamp honors Hispanic Heritage Month

by Pocho Ñews Service September 3, 2013 Cartoons
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, DC) The U.S. Postal Service has released a new stamp to mark Hispanic Heritage Month 2013, which begins September 15. The El Borracho stamp kicks off the Hispanic Male series, the brainchild of Joe Sendembach, who left the Border Patrol to join the USPS as an artist and rose to Director of […]

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Street tacos in Mexico City — guisado for pinches borrachos (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE August 19, 2013 Cultura
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Polanco, they say, is the Beverly Hills of Mexico DF, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t illegal taco carts on the street. They serve trendy tacos de guisados to area workers during the day, Daniel Hernandez reports, and to partying pinches borrachos at night.

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