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Ask a Mexican

ISBN-10: 1416540032
ISBN-13: 9781416540038
Edition: N/A
Authors: Gustavo Arellano
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Description: DEAR MEXICAN: WHAT IS¡ASK A MEXICAN!? Questions and answers about our spiciest Americans. I explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

DEAR MEXICAN: WHAT IS¡ASK A MEXICAN!? Questions and answers about our spiciest Americans. I explore the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their illegal-immigrant cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power. WHY SHOULD I READ¡ASK A MEXICAN!? At 37 million strong (or 13 percent of the U.S. population), Latinos have become America's largest minority -- and beaners make up some two-thirds of that number. I confront the bogeymen of racism, xenophobia, and ignorance prompted by such demographic changes through answering questions put to me by readers of my¡Ask a Mexican!column in California'sOC Weekly. I challenge you to find a more entertaining way to immerse yourself in Mexican culture that doesn't involve a taco-and-enchilada combo. OKAY, WHY DO MEXICANS PARK THEIR CARS ON THE FRONT LAWN? Where do you want us to park them? The garage we rent out to a family of five? The backyard where we put up our recently immigrated cousins in tool-shack-cum-homes? The street with the red curbs recently approved by city planners? The driveway covered with construction materials for the latest expansion ofla casa? The nearby school parking lot frequented by cholos on the prowl for a new radio? The lawn is the only spot Mexicans can park their cars without fear of break-ins, drunken crashes, or an unfortunate keying. Besides, what do you think protects us from drive-bys? The cops?

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a reality television star who broke into the spotlight on MTV's reality show Jersey Shore in December 2009. Her popularity on Jersey Shore helped make it one of the highest rated series in MTV history, with more than 5.7 million viewers tuning in for the finale.Gustavo Arellano's �Ask a Mexican! column has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). He has received the President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and The Colbert Report. For more information, visit AskAMexican.net.

Introduction C Ultural U Nderstanding Via W Etback J Okes
language C Urse W Ords , G Reasers, And L Echerous W Histles
Cultura C Hickens , D Warves, And The S Occer -O Sama C Onnection
Sexo D Irty S �Nchez , J Uan G As, And I Ndomitable S Perm
Inmigraci�N M Ore , M Ore, And M Ore
music M Orrissey , M Elodicas, And A Y Y I Y I Y Is
food T Amales , H Ot S Auce, And T Esticular A Vocados
ethnic Relations C Hinitos , N Egritos , G Abachos, And W Abs
fashion F Ake B Londes , M Ustaches, And S Wimming With J Eans
work O Ranges , D Ay L Aborers, And L Azy K Entuckians Acknowledgments

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