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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
WHAT IS ¬°ASK A MEXICAN!
Questions and answers about our spiciest
Americans. I explore the clich√©s 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
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's OC Weekly. I challenge you to
find a more entertaining way to immerse yourself in Mexican
culture that doesn't involve a taco-and-enchilada
OKAY, WHY DO MEXICANS PARK THEIR CARS ON THE
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 of la
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?
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