How Can Gabacho Parents Raise a Mexican Child Well?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexican driver's licenses work in the United States?

DEAR MEXICAN: About six years ago, my wife and I adopted a baby boy. He is "pure" mestizo, and we are complete wabs. I'm a little dark because of my mixed Arab heritage, but my wife is a major-league blanca. He is a sweet little gabacho growing up in wab world. I don't mind getting the looks when we go to the taquería in the barrio or even major stares when we take him on our trips to Mexico. And I can handle the questions from dumbass wabsters. But I worry about the little guy growing up confused, angry and lost because he is the odd boy out. I tell him that the blood of the Aztec warriors and the conquistadors runs through his veins, and, of course, he kicks whitey's ass on the soccer field. But all that seems rather inadequate. How can I help him keep in touch with his gabacho roots while living the relatively privileged wab life? Help me, Mexican: This little guy is the light of my life, and I want to do right by him.

Wabdaddy In Texas

DEAR WABPAPI: You sound like a wonderful man, but tienes your ethnic terms wrong. A wab is a nickname Mexican-Americans in Orange County use to deride unassimilated Mexicans—think "hillbilly" in the gabacho context. A gabacho is a gabacho—in other words, someone of the gabacho race, the race that wants to deport wabs, not love them. I use wab and gabacho in my column for satirical purposes, and to teach gabachos new words, so you must've misread their meaning. You want to teach your niño to keep in touch with his wab roots and live the privileged gabacho life (at least the nice parts, not all the nasty racist crap). Etymological concerns aside, I'm sure there are a lot of Tejanos who are more than happy to direct you to art, music, books (buy libros from Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, porfas) and cultural programs that'll teach your son about his proud heritage. Just don't get them talking about the Alamo, and all will be fine!

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DEAR MEXICAN: I'm a judeo (notice I don't call myself a gabacho) en Norte California, and after driving 1,800 miles to visit mi padre en Texas, I was surprised at the outrage over Mexican drivers in los estados unidos who don't have a Texas (or wherever else north of the border) driver's license. Does the USA not recognize foreign driver's licenses? If they do, isn't it simply an insurance issue, and, if so, couldn't this whole silly problem be fixed by having car-insurance companies offer cross-border policies? I know that the idea of getting into an accident with an uninsured driver is frightening, but couldn't this be fixed if Geico (or whomever) sold norteamericano policies? Is there a law preventing this that I'm unaware of?

Confuzzled Judeo en San Francisco

DEAR JUDEO: That's a novel concept—distinguish yourself from gabachos because your tribe definitely ain't them! Even more novel is your idea of having American authorities recognize foreign driver's licenses in lieu of American ones. While wonderful and common sense, the only problem is a matter of bureaucracy and jurisdiction. The United States doesn't recognize foreign driver's licenses, per se, but rather something called an International Driving Permit, which must be acquired in a person's home country before coming to the United States. Since figuring out how to drive legally is usually the last thing on an illegal immigrant's mind, most Mexicans are caca out of luck on that one. Furthermore, you have to apply for a driver's license in an American state once you establish residency there, even if you were previously registered somewhere else, whether in el Norte or abroad. In the case of Mexicans, their Mexican driver's license would only work for so long—and even if they're here illegally, la licencia de manejar from Mexico won't stop la migra from deporting your ass. Best bet? The burro.

 
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DonAlbertoDoyle
DonAlbertoDoyle

I'm a gabacho living in Mexico, with a Mexican car (a VW, of course), and my Mexican insurance works for the U.S.and Canada.  It's coming the other way where you need to purchase a policy at the border. 

morris18
morris18

The United States doesn't recognize foreign driver's licenses, per se, but rather something called an International Driving Permit, which must be acquired in a person's home country before coming to the United States.

Diana Perea
Diana Perea

As well as Mexican parents can raise a gringito, how would you teach white culture, I wonder?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think the reason American insurance companies to extend coverage into Mexico, and vice-versa, is because the American common law and Mexican civil law systems are very different. The US and Canada are both common law countries, and insurance companies will extend coverage across the US-Canada border. 

Martha Arciniega Schiller
Martha Arciniega Schiller

Jerry....it is obvious....different laws and what is expected in order to pass a US driver's license test vice what's accepted to get a licsense in Mexico.

Mick Slick
Mick Slick

If nothing else, the Mexican child can always say the reason he is not a success is because he was raised by a some sad assed white people who couldn't dance, could'nt cook, couldn't sing and voted Republican:)

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

No se porque la asen de pedo. As always wasp and gringos think that they are superios and want to tell the rest of the world that only gringo licenses are good. That is so retarded.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Why shouldnt a Mexican driver license be right? Again anglos think that they are superior. Thats why the rest of the world doesnt like the u.s that much.

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Aquì no sirven las licencias de México, mucho menos las internacionales, de hecho hay una ley encontra de todo esto. Y el que está criando un hijo gabacho, que lo crie con identidad Mexicana, después su curiosidad lo harà buscar sus raices seguramente.

decaballero
decaballero

I'm a mexican, living not that far from the border and regios (people from Monterrey) like to go shopping in Texas, you can legally drive there in your own car, you just need to get insurance for the days you will be driving in US territory, of course, I imagine things are more complicated further north.

Martha Arciniega Schiller
Martha Arciniega Schiller

1st, who say's a mexican driver's licence is even legit here. I seriously doubt it is. And of course white folks can raise mexican kids. Can't believe that was even a question...lol...

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

My niece has a adopted son who's biological parents are mexican and this kid is doing awesome. All he knows is that his "gabacho famlia" loves him with all their heart and at the end of the day thats what a child needs most. PEACE!

Anne Bagasao
Anne Bagasao

Im the product of a bi-racial marriage. I have my own culture: that of a half Filipino, half-white woman. It's my own identity and pride in myself that matters and that I was taught by my parents.

Coco Farias
Coco Farias

I think all you need to raise children is love. As long as they feel wanted its all good in my opinion.

Livi Alcaraz
Livi Alcaraz

Gringos cant even rsise thier own!! That's why they hire mexican nannies to raise thiers! ;p

Olivia Olivares
Olivia Olivares

If you want books for your chamacos, check out Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público Press.

Mario Peregrino
Mario Peregrino

This gay Mexican hopes to adopt kids some day and if my partner happens to be of a different nationality I hope to share both our cultural heritage and traditions with our children.

Mario Peregrino
Mario Peregrino

I second you Anne and feel the same way about straight people that question the ability of same sex parents to raise children. It's a beautiful thing in my opinion when parent less folks of all races and backgrounds want to form a family. this type of question makes it seem that somehow all straight people raise Children well for example, and in this case I guess the assumption could be made by some that somehow Mexican parents are better fit at raising Mexican kids cuz of some innate super power they hold simply because of their Mexican heritage lol.

Chuy Galvan
Chuy Galvan

Yes they can and you'll get Mark Sanchez

Anne Bagasao
Anne Bagasao

First thought...interesting question...and, important thing to remember, it's just question. Second thought...really awesome that a childless couple and a child with no parents are able to come together as a family in love..third thought...I'm really interested in seeing the comments on the page...fourth thought...does it really matter? I don't know.

Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown

The important thing here is LOVE regardless of heritage!

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

"I want to do right by him."....then teach him that comments like " he kicks whitey's ass on the soccer field" are racist even when part of a lame attempt to please Gus. Why can't people just be Americans anymore....do that, and he'd never be "growing up confused, angry and lost because he is the odd boy out. " And Gus, you suck for letting him think this was all right.

whatevas
whatevas

@Chuy Galvan Butt Fumble?

 
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