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frybreadThe Zagat foodie channel checks out the famous Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Arizona, to find out what the huh fry bread is. And “Indian Tacos”? What the heck?

Thankfully, Sandra Martin explains how Native Americans turned Uncle Sam’s lemons into lemonade. And tacos. [Mas…]

THREESHOTYou’re passionate, Mr. and/or Ms. Hispanic, and emotional. You like stories, and web video stories under one minute long especially. Do we have some stories for you! Also tacos, which all Hispanics love, futbol ditto, and la musica, piñatas and burros tambien. HEY! WHAT ABOUT SPICY? [Mas…]

transwording_edited-2Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish. [Mas…]


Somehow this looks and sounds familiar….

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Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano:

Is it true that the way to a Mexican guy’s corazon is through his panza? And if so, why?

[Possible F Bomb at the tail end of this video.]


The BBC sent a reporter to the Southwest to find out what it means to be a Mexican-American. The answer? It’s complicated.

♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬

Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas?

Previously on tamales: [Mas…]


American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving.

Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

The Chipotle Diaries: Is this pseudo Mayan ‘art’ a tribute or ripoff?

by TACO D. TOWNE November 21, 2014 Cultura
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When 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 […]

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Pocho Ocho little-known factoids about the first Thanksgiving

by Especial Correspondents November 21, 2014 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 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. […]

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Wonder Woman and Marya la Giant fight Mexibandidos (1945 toon)

by Memo Nericcio October 28, 2014 Cartoons
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I 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 […]

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How to pronounce ‘pocho’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz October 9, 2014 Audio
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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.

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Latino Field Studies: ‘Differing Perceptions of Time’ (video)

by Margarita Mead October 9, 2014 Cultura
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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:

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Latino Field Studies: Understanding ‘Emotional Loudness’ (video)

by Margarita Mead October 8, 2014 Cultura
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This second Latino Field Study anthropology video examines a culturally-distinctive mannerism many Anglos find confusing – what the researchers refer to as Emotional Loudness. PREVIOUSLY ON LATINO FIELD STUDIES:

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Ratch online dating: Because sex feels better than love (NSFW video)

by VIDAL BUFFOON September 30, 2014 Cultura
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They’re letting anybody fall in love and get married these days! But what if you don’t want a long-term stable, loving, mutually-supportive relationship. Try new Ratch dot com.

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Happy Rosh HaShanah from the Jews of Tijuana (video)

by Victor Payan September 23, 2014 Cultura
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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 […]

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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 Wednesday 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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