Where Can a Gabacho Live in Mexico?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And is there any beef between Mexicans and Ecuadorians?

DEAR MEXICAN: I'm wondering how Mexicans feel about the communities of American expats springing up all over Mexico (especially those who live near or in these communities)? Also, are there places in Mexico where it doesn't get so hot that Americans are generally pretty comfortable year-round? Could you name a couple of regions or areas? You know, there may come a time when hordes of Americans start moving to rural Mexico, seeking a lifestyle with less stress, less air pollution, fresh locally grown food, etc.

Listo Pa' Jubilarme

DEAR READY TO RETIRE: Hombre, not all of Mexico is the Sonoran Desert, you know? The great thing about the Empire of the Sun is that there are climates for everyone. Like the Caribbean experience? Veracruz is for you. Prefer something a bit cooler but just as colonial? San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato es para ti! Love more of a surfer lifestyle? Baja, baby! Or love the mysticism that is massive rainstorms in an urban area? Mexico City, chulo, Mexico City! All the places I mentioned, by the way, have robust gabacho communities, just some of the half-million Yankees estimated by the State Department to live south of the border year-round, as well as the mucho more who pop in for a couple of months. Mexicans tolerate those gabachos, although we can't stand that many of them don't assimilate, are loud and don't bother to learn the native language. But we don't worry too much; we've ensured they can't amass too much power by banning foreign ownership of land, disallowing birthright citizenship and making it fiendishly difficult for them to find work—measures enacted so we don't end up with the same immigrant morass the United States has with you-know-quién.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Will I ever be able to tame my spicy Ecuatoriana? She keeps talking mucho basura about Mexico and talks about Ecuador like it was the Estados Unidos! Shut my spicy chica up once and for all!

Bicho Raro

DEAR ODDBALL: Ecuador? We gave the country its greatest achievement in its two-century existence by allowing it to play our soccer squad to a 1-1 draw earlier this year, and we have fed information to Ecuadorian officials in our respective Pyrrhic drug wars—and that's how she pays us back? Your chica has no reason to hate on Mexico and definitely has no reason to wistfully reminisce about a country whose greatest contribution to human society is teaching us that guinea pigs make a tasty dinner. Ecuador is so forgettable that Colombians make fun of their own citizens for sounding like Ecuadorians. I suspect your chica is just tired of people mistaking her for a Mexican in this country—kind of how everyone in South America mistakes Ecuadorians for Peruvians—or has absorbed too much Know Nothing anti-Mexican rhetoric. Since I suspect you're a Mexi, you know what to do: Let the words and arguments come to a silence, and let the chorizo run rampant over her Andes.

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: Dave Zirin is not a Mexican, but he might be the last sportswriter in America who still thinks the coming Major League Baseball All-Star game in Arizona should be moved due to the state's reprehensible anti-Mexican Senate Bill 1070. Zirin has always sided with the undocumented and blasted Know Nothings across the board, and his proudly progressive politics and sharp mind forge some of the most gripping columns published in this country—and that his subject matter happens to be sports, historically the refuge of apolitical pendejadas? Someone buy Zirin a bottle of Corralejo! Read more over at edgeofsports.com, and for Christ's sake, buy his A People's History of Sports in the United States already!

This column appeared in print as "Muy Caliente Summer Edition."

 
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No soy jarocho soy chichimeca
No soy jarocho soy chichimeca

Veracruz is not part of the Caribe it is part of el Golfo. Foreign citizens can own land in Mexico since the Constitution was changed a few years ago; any person born in Mexican soil has Mexican citizenship automatically and the FM3, the form that allows foreign citizens to work legally in Mexico, is as easy to obtain as Kroger frequent customer card in los Estados Unidos. How do I know this? because I am from San Miguel de Allende where a lot of gabachos own a lot of propiedades, I was married to a gabacha that lived and worked in San Mike having her FM3 after 6 months living there.

Shawna
Shawna

I lived in Pachuca for over a year. It doesn't get hot -- max 85 F in the summer with occasional 90 F here and there. But it gets unbearably cold in the winter unless you have heat in your house and I will bet that 99.5% of the houses there don't. We bought the electric heaters to stay warm.I was able to find work because I am married to a Mexican and I already had a job with the company in the US. I believe I could own some land without citizenship in certain areas (not the beaches). I'm not sure about birthright citizenship, but I would prefer to birth my children there so they could have full citizenship rights. I think that is the only way to guarantee it there, even with a Mexican parent. As a gringa, I will never have full citizenship rights, i.e. I can never vote or pilot a Mexican registered plan or captain a Mexican ship or be an elected official.

Fe Fo
Fe Fo

@Mazbook, the only one taking anything said too seriously is you. The fact that you worried about someone following someones everyone word, is for you paranoia. And no you don't have to agree with every fact I stated. LMAO.

Mike Van Dyke
Mike Van Dyke

Can't stand the thought of Gabacho's in Mexico personally. But perhaps its a losing battle. I wan't Mexi's to feel proud of their Indigenous heritage and take it up again. But since they are all running north and calling themselves spanish and joining street gangs or the army, I suppose they deserve what they get.As far as the Ecuadoriana, there is much linguistic and genetic evidence for migrations between present day Western Mexico(Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero) and Ecuador. The Purepecha of Michoacan look more genetically similar to Ecuadorian Quichua than they do the Mexican Nahua. Corn and corn viruses have been studied and the correlate to a Mexican origin and a point of arrival in Ecuador in the initial spread of corn into south america. The reverse is true for potatoes with the origin in the Northwest andes and show up later in Mexico. Last but not least there is a dispersal and hybridization pattern for Trypanasoma cruzii (responsible for Chagas disease) that shows a single route between Ecuador and Mexico. And just in case you aren't from those three states in Mexico, another studied showed that the Purepecha empire was very good at spreading their seed all over Northwestern Mexico. If you are from any of those states, you most likely have Purepecha (Tarascano) blood.

Missgarcia81
Missgarcia81

dude why you gotta be such a cabron? did you have to respond to hate with hate? I have an ecuadorian dad and a mexican mom. My dad never had anything bad to say about mexicans, it was my ignorant mother who raised us thinking everybody in Ecuador ran around in loin cloth with bones in their noses ( a la apocalypto). it wasnt til i was in school that i was completely blown away when i realized she was just being an idiot. people from different countries especially south america and mexico will always hate on each other. personally, when i think about visiting ecuador i think about the galapagos islands which we all know Ecuador is most known for, more then your guinea pigs...and the fact that it is one of the most biodeverse countries in the world. Ecuador also has the first constitution to recognize the rights of nature, which is something to be proud about!

ive been noticing lately your statements have been more and more outlandish and i fear you are seriously trippin behind that computer monitor.

p.Johanna
p.Johanna

It is funny how Mexicans get bothered by no assimilation, getting loud, and don't bother to learn the native language. Ever been to little Mexico, MacArthur Park area? Most of the complaints against the Mexicans here in the US has been all those things. In regards to the language the answers have been so what, so here we are printing in Spanish, hiring translators and other services with no appreciation. Hypocrites...including your immigration laws and the ownership of land.

Insight
Insight

Having been to both Mexico and Ecuador, the only thing I have to say is that both countries have their good and their bad. The advantage Ecuador has over Mexico is that they are smaller and therefore have less problems to deal with than Mexico. But I assure you that comparisons between Colombia and Ecuador would better be left unsaid due to the fact that Ecuador is a more safer place to live than Colombia. My challenge to the writer and the Ecuadorian girl is for them to look beyond their ignorance and grow a little more by getting to know the people they think they know.

Mazbook
Mazbook

Gustavo,

That was a darn good answer you gave to the first question…UNTIL THE LAST SENTENCE!

When you say, "But we don't worry too much; we've ensured they can't amass too much power by banning foreign ownership of land, disallowing birthright citizenship and making it fiendishly difficult for them to find work—measures enacted so we don't end up with the same immigrant morass the United States has with you-know-quién," you are completely misrepresenting the FACTS. It makes me sad that many will take your statement as the truth and start ANOTHER urban myth about expats living, owning land, birthright citizenship and working in México.

Every one of your "FACTS" are completely wrong. Please correct.

Mazbook

Bill T.
Bill T.

A little problem taking a joke, huh? Do you honestly believe that G. A. is anti- Ecuadaron? Take his comments in context, you'll get more out of them.

ChrissyEspinosa
ChrissyEspinosa

And I guess the USA should aspire to be like Mexico? I guess you also must agree with EVERYTHING that the US gov't does too? If not, then who is the REAL hypocrite here?

Fred
Fred

If you are looking for facts, you are in the wrong place.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

lol at the hypocrisy... yeah we're all joking, but you know gus would pee in his pants if anyone said anything remotely negative about la raza....but its ok for him to castigate ecuadoreans... i dated an ecuadorean in college and they are much more civilized than the mexicans you see around L.A.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Every comment you make reinforces the proof of your ignorance. My "tolerance of la Raza" is no proof that I have no tolerance for others. That is just one instance of many that proves you haven't a clue. On the other hand, your hate of people from south of la linea is well documented in your many posts. Speaking of high horses ...

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

i can deal with haters, just cant stand hypocrites like you.. your "tolerance" is only afforded to la raza... so get off that high horse because you're smelling like horse manure to me

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, your tolerant attitude is well known from your posts, so seeing how it's you making the comment I can be comfortable blowing it off.

 
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