Will Mexicans Ever Return to Mexico to Make it Better?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do they hate Manny Pacquiao?

DEAR MEXICAN: Say an immigrant makes a few bucks and goes back to his/her hometown. Think that person will put up with the shit that prompted him/her to move in the first place? (How ya gonna keep them down on the farm. . . .)

Putting the Red In Redneck

DEAR GABACHO: Absolutely not. I love how Know Nothings are currently calling Mexicans cowards for supposedly not confronting the narcos down south, for abandoning their homeland for a new país (funny how they shut up when you present the same slurs about their ancestors), when those supposedly weak-willed wabs have pushed Mexico out of the Third World and into the lower rungs of the First World over the past 25 years via their remittances and newfound libertarianism. I'll let you read the full explanation in my book (hint: look for the respuesta that has the tres por uno program in it), but the short response for you ahorita is that these immigrants have brought back democracy and infrastructure to their ranchos that the Mexican elite would've preferred had never come. The only problem, of course, is that though the immigrants still return to the farm as often as possible, they never come back for good—for that phenomenon, I urge you to read Sam Quinones' True Tales From Another Mexico, which I've probably plugged 28 times in this pinche column and will plug forevermore because it's that amazing and insightful—even more so that this infernal weekly babada.

 

DEAR MEXICAN: I have a Mexican-American friend who loves boxing (who doesn't?) just as much as I do, but he hates Manny Pacquiao. He and I sometimes get into arguments (friendly but passionate), especially because he seems to resent the label that many in the press and boxing fans have given Pacquiao: "The Mexicutioner." I think he's taking it too personally, which is quite amusing, actually. But do you think most Mexicans are like my friend, i.e., Pacquiao-haters like Mayweather? Or do you think Pacquiao has more Mexican fans than Mexican haters?

Canelo Over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

DEAR WAB: The Pac-Man has many more Mexican fans than haters—and even those haters don't despise him so much as give the fierce Filipino his respeto. Sure, Pacquiao has beat down Mexicans like a migra agent—Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Antonio Margarito, Oscar de la Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez (whom he's scheduled to fight this fall)—but Mexicans always appreciate small, humble brawlers in the classic Mexi mold. That's why we'll support Cuba but resent the United States—stay in your own weight class, you know? What's more important, beaner boxing buffs despise Floyd Mayweather Jr. not because he's a negrito (we loved Mike Tyson, after all), but because the so-called Pretty Boy refuses to fight Pacquiao to settle, once y para siempre, who's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. We can appreciate people who kick our ass, but to not even try to fight us? You might as well be the American Southwest.

 

GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: A Better Life is The Bicycle Thief for Latino USA, a touching, bitter, beautiful tale about an undocumented gardener and his son looking for the stolen truck that's their livelihood. It's not a perfect película—almost every Mexican-immigrant dad I know speaks to his children en español, and the Chivas soccer propaganda is a bit much (¡Viva Pumas de la UNAM, cabrones!)—but it's a must-see film and that rare Hollywood effort that doesn't resort to century-old stereotypes of spicy señoritas and greasers. The director is Chris Weitz, the guy behind American Pie and About a Boy, who is part-Mexi—who knew? You do now! Demand it at your local megaplex, por favor.

 
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14 comments
Foobar
Foobar

The Commanches shure beat Spanish and Mexico ass in the 1700 & 1800s. They drove them out of Indian land and kicked the shit of of American troops until the 1870s.

malasangre
malasangre

the cubans are still here. i never could figure how fleeing their shit corrupt govt. was more important than mexis fleeing their craphole. nobodys leaving this corrupt craphole. we got better stuff

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Qianmiande

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TB
TB

Is coming out of the "3rd world" - to become a slave to big business & big government - really an "accomplishment" worth pursuing?

deathb4dishonor
deathb4dishonor

the illegals that slither up from mexico should be left in shallow graves in the desert.

G. Campos
G. Campos

I'm Salvadoran and I hate Pacquiao for beating all the Latino greats. I would love for Mayweather to stop being such a coward and agree to fight him though. I would root for Manny just because Floyd is way too cocky and dodges any real competition. I never pay for fights, but this one would be too good not to.

Marial
Marial

Mexico will forever be a third world country.The people refuse to change anything.It's easier to go the the U.S. and blame this country for their problems.Name anything good that came from Mexico besides a taco or Selma Hayek...funny how people from the U.S. don't go down to Mexico and complain about what a craphole it is.Thanks for the swine flu...Viva La Raza....

Stilt21
Stilt21

i live with and work with mexican scientists here in mexico. most of them want to travel abroad for more experience or higher degrees but almost all of them want to come back and live and work in mexico. it is called love of country and duty.

Bienzorro
Bienzorro

Hey death I was thinking the same thing, Why the Native Americans didn't kill all of you as soon as you guys set foot on this continent, but you know what? If you don't like it here, you can always go back to the shit hole you came from, (is not what you whining people always say??)

Proud Mexican
Proud Mexican

Dear @Maria!1. Swineflu was originated in the U.S. , and controlled by Mexico and Mexican scientists. 2. Nowadays, Mexico has a much better economy that the US , with a lower unemployment rate and a booming housing market. The US actually owes Mexico several hundred million dollars in debt. 3.Good things that came from Mexico: Chocolate, chillies, all Mexican food, bubble gum , tobacco and cigarettes (for those who smoke) , Color Television , Novelas , Sombreros , Sarapes , great ranchero music , chihuahua dogs , tequila , mezcal , agave worms , and desmadre and fiesta (which springbreakers seem to enjoy a bunch)

Azulio
Azulio

@ Marial, thought I'd counter one of the (many) ignorant points from your comment: The swine flu didn't originate in Mexico, but most likely originated in the US. The place they traced it to in Mexico is actually a US owned company. As for flu strain, here's a basic article: http://www.scienceprogress.org...

From there you can click on the full interview, see if you can keep up.

aman
aman

none of the good things you listed are good.

 
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