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2008 Stories by Gustavo Arellano

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  • Does Christmas ever end for Mexicans?

    published December 25, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I was driving home along a road where a bunch of Mexicans live, and I noticed that almost every house has its Christmas... More >>

  • Book 'em!

    published December 18, 2008

    Dear Readers: A couple of columnas ago, I published a short list of my favorite books regarding Mexicans and Mexican-Americans... More >>

  • When Catholics got a pass across the border

    published December 11, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I'm Hispanic, not Mexican, and I hate it when people confuse me for one. I don't like the stupid music you like, I don't... More >>

  • It's not racist to hate lazy people, just easy

    published December 4, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why is it that those of us who oppose illegal immigration are called racist by many Mexicans? Personally, I think Hispanic... More >>

  • Ask a Mexican

    published November 27, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I hear all the time that 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. Is that true? Who counted... More >>

  • Was Jimi Hendrix a Mexican?

    published November 20, 2008

    Dear Mexican: In the biography of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, he describes Jimi Hendrix as part black, Cherokee and Mexican.... More >>

  • Aztlan is now a myth understood

    published November 13, 2008

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that their "descendants would reclaim ancestral lands... More >>

  • News from the frozen Northland

    published November 6, 2008

    Dear Mexican: In your October 23 column, I read that Mexicans enjoy Clamato the way Canadians do. The True North Strong and Free has a... More >>

  • The gay cabelleros ride again!

    published October 30, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I know you've been asked variations of this before. I'm a gay white guy, and I've had three relationships with Mexican men... More >>

  • You say Clamato, I say...bring another!

    published October 23, 2008

    Dear Mexican: One of our Arizona politicians once said that the "crime" of being undocumented in this country is equivalent legally to... More >>

  • Bravery has no national boundaries

    published October 16, 2008

    Dear Mexican: A group of very young soldiers in the Mexican Army were being chased through the castle by U.S. Marines. At the end of the... More >>

  • Why does the Mexican call us gabachos?

    published October 9, 2008

    Dear Readers: I don't like to rerun columns, 'cause it makes me look like a lazy Mexican, but as my column invades foreign terrain... More >>

  • The next Tom Tancredo

    published October 2, 2008

    ¡Ask A Mexican! Dear Mexican: Representative Chris Cannon of Utah, also known as Mr. Amnesty, one of La Raza's heroes, was... More >>

  • Where do anchor babies come from?

    published September 25, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What is an anchor baby? I am a 45-year-old male born in the USA. My mother was born in ex-Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and my... More >>

  • Coming out, Mexican style

    published September 18, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I am a chica struggling with the choice to come out to my parents about my sexual orientation. My family is... More >>

  • A Mexican never forgets, particularly when he has a book coming out

    published September 11, 2008

    Dear Readers: The Mexican's new book, Orange County: A Personal History, is in your local bookstore on September 16 — by... More >>

  • How many undocumented Mexicans actually want citizenship?

    published September 4, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I'm an illegal alien. Got here on a tourist visa and stayed for a job. My gabacho employer knows about it and... More >>

  • Why do Mexicans make asses of their donkeys?

    published August 28, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans paint stripes on their donkeys in Tijuana? Avenida Revolución... More >>

  • Loss of language leaves this D.F. denizen tongue-tied

    published August 21, 2008

    Dear Mexican: I am the proud uncle of five Mexican-redneck kids who recently moved to Wisconsin with their mamá... More >>

  • Anchor babies don't fill the bank account

    published August 14, 2008

    Dear Mexican: As a Mexican, I'm always ashamed of the fact that a lot of Mexican women just come to the United States to have babies and... More >>

  • Ban on Spanish

    published August 7, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Where I recently started working, Latinos make up about 95 percent of the work force. We are, however, prohibited from... More >>

  • The Great Race

    published July 31, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What's with calling yourselves "La Raza"? Being Mexicans, Chicanos or whatever isn't enough — now you're... More >>

  • Flour or Corn?

    published July 24, 2008

    Dear Readers: Gracias, merci, obrigado for the many submissions in our contest asking readers to argue in 25 words why corn... More >>

  • Run for the Border

    published July 17, 2008

    Dear Mexican: Why are there Mexicans in the Border Patrol? What a hypocritical thing to do to our people.Carne Asada... More >>

  • A Hunka-Hunka Burnin' Love

    published July 10, 2008

    Dear Mexican: What's the fascination that Mexicans have with Elvis?Good Roceando Tonight Dear Gabacho: Your... More >>

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