How Can Mexicans Make Americans Like Mexicans?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans love tamarind so much?

DEAR MEXICAN: What do we need to do to make the güeros understand we come in peace? As Mexicans, we are from this great American continent as well, but as for the average, close-minded, English-speaking folks, it's amusing they don't understand what the definition of "American" really is. Unless you are from one of the few nature-communing groups of people now dubbed "Native Americans," then you cannot say you are American, as either yourself, your parents, your grandparents or your great-grandparents (you get the point) came from the Old World and hence have been in this land "illegally" for much much longer than us bean-lovers. So I repeat my question: How can we make these gringos understand we come in peace? That we are here to live a good life in peace and to take it or leave it: We are here TO STAY! Help me make these McDonalders understand already, so we can all learn from one another and live in peace!

El Frijolero

DEAR BEANER: Gracias for showing Americans that Mexis can be as meandering as gabachos. As to your question: Shit, we've tried everything to Hispander to gabachos over the years. We gave them half of Mexico, we called ourselves "Spanish," we considered ourselves white, we made amazing dishes that other gabachos turned into multimillion-dollar empires—and still, they hate us. What to do? Not a single pinche thing: Mexicans in this country are no longer at a place at which we have to grovel to anyone. If gabachos don't want to accept that aquí estamos and we ain't vamos, then they deserve the beautiful brown grandkids that are coming their way.

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DEAR MEXICAN: I noticed that my favorite candies are primarily made out of chile and tamarindo. I understand that chile is indigenous to the Americas, but tamarindo is not. I found that tamarindo originates from the Middle East and Africa. And through the slave trade and the dreadful European expansion, tamarindo found its delicious way to the Americas. What I don't get is how and why tamarindo became so popular among nuestra gente? We consume mega-tons of it! We drink it, we make candy out of it, I sometimes have dreams about it . . . ¿que onda?

Pocho Del Ocho

DEAR POCHO: Actually, tamarind came to Mexico through the Manila galleons and has no Middle Eastern connection whatsoever—the Levantine's contribution to Mexico's fruit culture is granada (pomegranates) via the Spaniards via the Moors. But it was only by a brain pedo of God that tamarind isn't native to Mexico, as no other culture, save certain Hindoos, loves it the way we do. It's not much of a mystery: Mexicans love sweets with tropical verve and fleshiness, whether it's mamey, mangoes, papayas, guanábana, tunas (the prickly pear) or boring-ass pineapple. But tamarind is the king of the jungle because, as you pointed out, we can turn it into so many things: ice cream, fruit leather, salads, salsas, paletas and so much more—even have it on chocolate. And when we pair it with chile (which we always do), it's the greatest product of foreign-yet-similar cultures since the leprecano.

 
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Northernartiste
Northernartiste

i love the attitude- if they dont like us tough shit, they have no choice.

its THAT shit that makes many nonracist americans opposed to mexicans. Assimilate and stop imposing your bullshit on us.

vpose
vpose

When will anyone, Democrat or Republican, move to repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act?

Joslin
Joslin

WARNING: Side-effects of listening to Obummer reading from a teleprompter may include drowsiness, blurred vision, neuropathy, ennui and a haunting sense of buyer's remorse.

DonAlbertoDoyle
DonAlbertoDoyle

Mmmm, short ribs slow cooked in tamarind.  Oh my god I'm getting a boner!

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

"beautiful brown grandkids that are coming " ...or the ultimate horror for the Gus and the Raza fanatics....light skinned grandkids who value education, stay out of gangs, speak english....and the ultimate thing that will drive Gus et al to drink......THEY'LL APPRECIATE THIS COUNTRY.  el horror el horror!

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

This philippino at work says that they also eat dogs. He says that when he is eating a dog that his real pet dog stays away from him.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

ed its called work. Its called being an entrepeneur. Many Mexicans like El Gran senor Cardenas started there Empires like that.Check those supermarkets there the best.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

When I was a Highsculero everytime a gringa got pregnant the inche gringo principal would always blame me! He was like Blame A Mexican everytime a gringa gets prgnant. Yes Moctezumas Revenge!

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

True, But the one's in the walmart taste better and are "Made with love"!

Pamela Chavez Birch
Pamela Chavez Birch

You forgot to mention that they convinced a generation or two that speaking Spanish was "BAD" and so they purposely chose not to teach their children their native tongue so they would not be ridiculed or persecuted for knowing the language.

Victoria Rocha
Victoria Rocha

the reason Y they dont understand we come in peace is the guilt from years ago its called History

Dio Colindres
Dio Colindres

Mangos also came from the Philippines and they are one of the more Mexican fruits we have, with Chile are awesome, but the contribution that we got from those islands are very important, even the china poblana outfit is a Mexican version of a Philippine one.

Taryn M. Dibene
Taryn M. Dibene

Plus U cant compare Whole goods Tamales with Home made Mexican Tamales......

Taryn M. Dibene
Taryn M. Dibene

Ed your right but at least those people are doing something instead of standing on the side with a sign asking for $,,,,,, Ive seen older ladies selling flowers while a young man sits on his behind asking for $!!!!!! $1 is a dollar earned.....

Ed Murrieta
Ed Murrieta

Mexicans certainly don't do much to help their cause. Those tamales they're selling for $1 at the WalMart parking lot? $5 each at the Whole Foods.

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Me morì de la risa con lo de "brown grandkids" jajajajaja se aventó profe. Eso serà 100% verdad y no hay nada que "puedan" ellos hacer.

Will Webb
Will Webb

tu punto de vista es interesante, pero lee un poco mas de lo que Monsanto y Henry Kissinger tenian y tienen en mente, para asegurarse que la raza blanca siga dominando...

Gerard Meraz
Gerard Meraz

why worry if they like us or not? they should be worried about us liking them!

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

Yo Gus, I got a question for you. So...we just did Obamacare and the 25ish million people without health insurance will finally be guaranteed heavily subsidized coverage.

Now, we're about to legalize 15 million folks.....(which will balloon to 30 million once family members join them) ...and the initial Democratic version of the bill gave them coverage as well. Since then, the gang of 8 has declared them ineligible. So.......basically, Bo just gave 24 million coverage (that I have to pay for) and then legalized 30 million more who will be uninsured.

Are we seriously supposed to believe the coalition that elected the POTUS and is pushing for CIR is going to sit back and say 'ok'......or are you guys going already planning the massive rallies etc etc to make sure the newly 'legalized' folks gets free obamacare just like every other poor person in this country.

Seems to me the politicians probably already have full coverage drawn up.....

 
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