By Gustavo Arellano
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By Courtney Hamilton
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By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
DEAR MEXICAN: I was born in los estados unidos, my father Tamaulipas, and my mother is a third-generation Chicana. Being married to a mexicano, we recently vacationed in his hometown of Apatzingan, Michoacán. It was my first time meeting my in-laws and everyone from his colonia. It seems I got the evil staredown and was being asked all kinds of questions to prove my mexicanana-ness from all his primas, tias and friends. They couldn't wait for me to fuck up a word in Spanish and asked if I cooked, liked banda music and knew how to make tortillas. I answered that I work full time, make an okay mole de pollo, like all kinds of music except for banda and buy my tortillas from the supermarket.
I got the impression it wasn't enough; I felt I am not a real mexicana to them. After expressing this to my husband, all he could say was that I am not a Mexican, that I am a Chicana, and that's different. We are different people, but how different can we really be? Will mexicanos ever see Chicanos as equals? Will I never be seen as an equal by my Mexican in-laws, or will they eventually see the only difference between us is my mom gave birth to me north of the frontera? It seems there is a thick line drawn between those of us born north and south of the Mexican-American border. I can handle discrimination from gabachos or any other race (shit, I'm used to it by now), but this—this is really unjust. Why do men and women from Mexico seems to consider themselves superior to Chicanos?
DEAR POCHA: Next time some wab gives you grief about not being Mexican enough, just tell them you have the best of both worlds: You're Mexican AND American, while they're just . . . Mexicans.
DEAR MEXICAN: I hear a lot of accordion-heavy music on Spanish-language radio. Do Mexican women go crazy for accordionists as white girls do for guitarists? White women are reverse-attracted to guys who can play the accordion really well—to them, it's the same as guys who can play Dungeons and Dragons really well, at least in the paleface tribe I pow-wow with. Can my musical skills translate into muchos mujeres?
A 40 and an Accordion
DEAR GABACHO: Time was when the accordion player was the papi chulo of the Mexican regional-music world, but tuba players have usurped the position in the past couple of years for banda music and that movimiento alterado pendejada. Unfortunately, the instrument's elevated status has led to a rash of tuba thefts from high schools and junior highs by aspiring players who usually target Mexican-heavy schools and therefore screw over youngsters whose band departments can't afford the instruments in these Great Recession times. Moral of the story? As the question before, sometimes, the worst enemy of Mexicans are . . . Mexicans. La raza unida and all that jamas shit, cabrones.
PREORDER TACO USA! Gentle cabrones, my much-promised Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America will finally hit bookstores April 10, but that doesn't mean you can't already order it (yes, grammar snobs, I just used a double-negative, but Mexican Spanish loves double-negatives the way we do cute second cousins). Place your order with your favorite local bookstore, your finer online retailers, your craftier piratas, but place it: My libro editor has already promised to deport me from the publishing industry if we don't sell enough copies! Stay tuned for book-signing info!
The United States should send a BILL FOR DAMAGES to the piece of fecal matter nation of messyco for all the Tubas stolen from high school bands by a bunch of smelly, fat greedy w3t backs. There should be a free for all at the border for riflemen . . .
As an elitist Chicano, I think the proper question should be "Will Chicanos ever see Mexicanos as equals?
With the big difference Listen2 that these are YOUR relatives. I can totally see how the relatives see the other half with suspicion even when the other half is fully Mexican. I've seen it done to my tias and tios who had the 'desgracia' of marrying into my family *rolls eyes*
MEXICANS DONT FEEL MORE THAN CHICANAS YOU WANT TO FEEL THAT GO TO EL VALLE DE TEXAS THEN YOU REALLY BE SCRRWED
Puzzled Chicana: Are you for real? Of course your different because you are part of a different culture. The first time I went to Mexico DF I realized that as a woman I was different from my sisters in Mexico. I thought differently, had different customs and my culture was somewhat different. You don't have to apologize for who you are. By the way, your husband must have some lousy relatives because everytime I have been to mexico, my relatives (4th and 5th cousines could not be nicer. So much for Mexican hospitality in your husband's family.
A 40 and an Accordion
A time and a place for everything... On Labor day weekend take your accordion and your skills to the International street fair at the Orange Plaza and you'll be a hit with the chica's... You do need to be at least halfway good looking though... If you look like Sloth from the Goonies but rock a mean accordion you're still screwed.
With the big difference Listen2 that these are YOUR relatives. I can totally see how the relatives see the other half with suspicion even with the other half is fully Mexican. I've seen it done to my tias and tios who had the 'desgracia' of marrying into my family *rolls eyes*
Thanks for the cosign, you possibly remember my relevant previous posts. I am a fan of the outlier (sp?) music genres, particularly traditional forms (think "Tuva", et al).