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

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gustavohandsGustavo ¡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 forward, rain gear or a political statement? [NSFW F-bomb.] [Mas…]

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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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gussalvadorGustavo ¡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 American tradition of hatin’ on the newbies that goes back at least to Benjamin Franklin? [Mas…]


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?


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?

necklaceAs 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 photograph may be NSFW depending on your work. We don't think it is, but you never know, tu sabes?] [Mas…]


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….

¡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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Naranjas, Señor?! Oranges for sale! (video)

by Lucida Grandé March 26, 2014 Cultura
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Post by Being Chicano. The naranjero works hard for his money, so hard for it, honey. As much as this street-vending orange seller looks like POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano, it’s not him. Here’s Arellano at his weekend gig:

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Gustavo Arellano tells radio about all about tacos (video)

by Barney Asada February 20, 2014 Cultura
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Sonali Kolhatkar of Uprising Radio asks Gustavo Arellano about his book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America and Gus is full of answers. PREVIOUSLY ON TACOS:

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Contribute to POCHO, get discovered, become rich and famous*

by Comic Saenz February 12, 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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A True Story: How Gustavo and Lalo got on Fox’s ‘Bordertown’

by GUSTAVO ARELLANO January 8, 2014 Cultura
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Want proof that Jesus does more than appear on tortillas? Refry this: Lalo and I are part of Bordertown, the Fox animated show that’ll satirize the Mexicanization of America through the lens of—yep!—a border town. Think about it: two of America’s most locos Mexicans, outrageous cartoonist of La Cucaracha and POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and […]

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Gustavo Arellano at ASU: The Glories of the Arizona Latino

by Comic Saenz December 19, 2013 Cultura
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POCHO amigo Gustavo Arellano (he’s the ¡Ask A Mexican! guy and editor of the O.C. Weekly) delivered this keynote speech at Arizona State University’s biannual Hispanic Convocation Wednesday. The photo (below) shows him at his day job. Gracias, Arizona State, for asking me to be this year’s Hispanic Convocation keynote. I’m sure it’s a mercy […]

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Visionary behind Doritos Locos Tacos dies at 41 (photos + video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN December 9, 2013 Cultura
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Todd Mills, who came up with the idea for Doritos Locos Tacos, lost his battle with cancer on Thanksgiving. The Little Rock, Arkansas father of two was 41 (photo, above.) USA Today reports: Mills started the Facebook page “Taco Shells from Doritos Movement” in 2009, encouraging followers to “tell Frito-Lay that we demand nacho cheesy […]

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The Latin Grammys: America’s biggest anti-Mexican sham

by GUSTAVO ARELLANO November 20, 2013 Cultura
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Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. “The definers of Latin culture,” I wrote then, “have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in the […]

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It’s National Taco Day! Eat ‘em if you got ‘em

by Lalo Alcaraz October 4, 2013 Cultura
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According to either the National Taco Industry Council, or some drunk person who also just made this up, today is National Taco Day in the United Estates. And it says so, on to the online hub of this holiday, NationalTacoDay.com: In 2012, Americans ate 4.5 billion tacos!  That’s 490,000 miles of tacos, which could take […]

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Pocho Ocho sketchy substances in Mexican hot sauce besides lead

by Especial Correspondents August 1, 2013 El Now
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NBC reports that El Pato Salsa Picante has been withdrawn from the American market because tests found it was contaminated with lead. El Pato is just one of several Mexican salsa brands that contain the poisonous substance, according to scientists at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Of course, there’s no way lead is the […]

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