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pochoquestPOCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal gets some help from POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano as he tries to understand what it means to be half-Mexican in America. [Mas…]

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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.]

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It’s complicated, but Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano considers the future of Mexican-Americans in the South and suggests it’s the new, unconquered Aztlan ripe for the Reconquista Part II. After all, paisas and good ole’ boys are the same with the horses and the whiskey and the marrying their second cousins, right? (Gustavo’s art courtesy Memo Nerricio’s Tex[t]-Mex Gallery and Steve Alvarez’ Mexington.

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The ¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? video prompted California Report’s Queena Kim to call POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano for more info.

No, it’s not really pronounced “Kimm,” she explains. It should be pronounced more like “Keeeem.”

C’est la vie.

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mexicansuperbowlYou’ve got a question for a Mexican? A vexing, emotional sports question with racial, demographic, ethnic and regional Razafications?

Luckily for all of us, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano is prepared to answer what has to be the biggest pregunta in football fandom today:

Who should Mexicans root for in the Super Bowl? The Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots?

And Gustavo answers in this video. But not on the pinche phone. Boricua shout out, too!

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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s new docu-comedy Half Like Me went live on FUSION Thursday night. In this clip, Al meets up at the US-Mexican border with a patriotic member of the Minutemen. Also, Borderlandia looks familiar somehow.

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In between the Mexican curse words, Gustavo Arellano has a modest proposal: Learn to love your local hipster and/or chipster. We’re still trying to figure out what and who ¡Asked A Mexican! That cartoon, though! [NSFW adult language.]

CHIPSTERS?

Are you a Chipster (Chicano + hipster)? There are Pocho Ocho ways to tell. You might be a Chipster if… [Mas…]


Even in Santa Ana, Orange County, Califas (it’s actually “Santana,” Gustavo Arellano notes), the Latino-controlled city council dislikes taco trucks. To find out why, it seems prudent to once again ¡Ask A Mexican!

Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? (videos)

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2015 El Now
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano is always ready with answers to your preguntas:

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas? (video)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2014 Cultura
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♫ ♬ 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:

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Ask A Mexican: Why should we care about Ferguson? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz December 4, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano recalls America’s history of police brutality against people of color in his latest video: Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson. The author and editor (OC Weekly) reprises a 2007 toon from POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz to prove his point. One additional pregunta, though: Is Gustavo’s hoodie fashion […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Mexicans love Thanksgiving so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 27, 2014 Cultura
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Is there one question you can ¡Ask A Mexican! that you can’t get an answer for? Gustavo Arellano always has something to say, and inquiries about Thanksgiving are a good example.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Salvadorans and Mexicans hate so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano steps back into the video limelight to ponder the question: Why do Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans) and Salvadorans (and Salvadoran-Americans) hate each other so much? Is it because Salvadoran horchata is better than Mexican horchata? And the fact that pupusas kick gorditas’ culinary nalgas? Or are they just following an age-old […]

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Ask A Mexican: Why do gabachos love burritos so much? (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN November 12, 2014 Cultura
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POCHO co-conspirator Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano takes to the video to answer an age-old question: Why do gabachos love burritos so much?

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Ask A Mexican: Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? What’s the deal? (video)

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2014 Cultura
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In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

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Hey! You’re lookin’ for tacos in all the wrong places (photos)

by MOSCA MEXICAN September 26, 2014 Cultura
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As POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano pointed out in his book Taco USA, America loves tacos. How much does America love tacos, you ask? Taco imagery is everywhere — jewelry (necklace, above), toys, drinks, desserts, babies, kitties, doggies, purses, rear-view mirrors. And how could we make a listicle without the pink taco? [The pink taco final […]

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¡Ask A Mexican! Is yelling ‘puto’ at futbol homophobic? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz June 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano continues on his World Cup kick with a discussion of the Mexican team’s performance in their tied match with Brazil and the spectators’ habit of calling the opposing team putos. [NSFW adult language.] P.S.: Spoiler warning: You may be a puto if….

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¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexis swim with clothes on? (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz June 12, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers a summertime pregunta: Why do Mexicans go to the beach and swim with their clothes on? [NSFW partial nudity.] PREVIOUSLY ON ¡ASK A MEXICAN! VIDEO THEATRE:

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¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Chicanos root for the Mexican soccer team?

by DONALDO ESTERLING June 6, 2014 Cultura
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It’s that Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano guy again, this time explaining why Mexican-American soccer (futbol) fans root for the Mexican team even if the game is against Los United Estates. Arellano, looking a little green, claims it’s one of the cultural peculiarities gabachos hate most about Mexicanos. PREVIOUSLY ON FUTBOL:

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Tacos are American as Applebee’s chicken wontons (photos)

by Barney Asada June 5, 2014 Cultura
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POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano maintains in his book Taco USA that the tiny tortilla-wrapped bundles of delicioso are American food now. We’ve concluded that tacos are American as wontons, at least at Applebee’s, where this all-American appetizer costs $6.99.

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That Chipotle thing? America loves beans but hates beaners (video)

by Barney Asada May 27, 2014 Cultura
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You know that thing about Chipotle Mexican Grill and how they couldn’t find any Mexican or Latino writers to decorate their bags? POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano explains: Americans love Mexican foods, he says, but hate Mexicans. In other words, they love the beans but hate the beaners.

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Pocho Ocho upworthy Latino quotes Chipotle should have used

by Especial Correspondents May 19, 2014 Cultura
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As POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano noted Friday, Chipotle Mexican Grill pulled a boner when it decided to put short stories from ten famous authors on its cups and bags but couldn’t find one Latino with words worthy enough to wrap its burritos. There’s now a Facebook book group organizing around this issue and the Pochodores have been brainstorming inspirational […]

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Write, shoot, draw for POCHO and become rich and famous*

by Chale Knickerbocker April 9, 2014 Corporate
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You could be rich and famous* That’s right — you sitting there in your PJs, bunny slippers and Frida Kahlo unibrow. After all, you know better than other people on the Internets, and if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Donut despair! You can turn your Aztlan acumen into fame y fortune in a […]

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Mexican cuisine? It’s multicultural by definition (audio)

by Barney Asada April 7, 2014 Audio
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Gustavo Arellano (the ¡Ask A Mexican! guy and editor of the OC Weekly) says Mexi food is multicultural by definition. “Beer, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, teriyaki bowls are just a few of the foods that have bounced back and forth across Mexico’s borders, ” he explained to American Public Media’s Splendid Table radio program.

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