What do you call half-Mexicans?
Dear Readers: Your faithful Mexican is busy putting the final touches on his coming magnum opus, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (out April 2012) and is thus at the rancho, getting handmade tortillas made by his chica in pigtails while he works on rewrites. But instead of a Best Of columna, I've decided to print excerpts from one of my all-time favorite reader interactions. Remember back in 2007, when I asked ustedes who are half-Mexican and half-something else to tell us what you call yourselves? The brilliant, hilarious responses offered show how genius the Mexi brain truly is. Space doesn't allow your local rag to print all the responses, but below are just some of the best. You can find the full list online. In the meanwhile, enjoy — and see you en una semana!
If you're half-Mexican and. . .
Half-Arab: Garbanzo beaner, America's worst nightmare
Half-Australian: Aussican, Foster's Especial
Half-Black: Black beans, Choco-Taco
Half-British: Limey beans
Half-Cajun: Bayou Beaner, Mexi-Gumbo, Mexicajun, red beans and rice
Half-Chinese: Chexican, Chinkano, combination plate, rice and beans, soy bean
Half-Filipino: Chilipino, Filitino, Flipamex, Mexipino
Half-British: Limey beans
Half-Costa Rican: Mextica ("tico" is a nickname for Costa Ricans)
Half-Czech: Czecano, Czex-Mex, Czexican, Mexislovakian
Half-Gabacho: Chicangüera, Güerexican, Latinglo, Mixican
Half-German: Beanerschnitzel, chili kraut, Germexican, wiener beaner
Half-Hawaiian: Jalapiña, pineapple salsa
Half-Irish: Celtic Aztec, green bean, Paddy-Mex
Half-Italian: Mexican pizza, Mexitalian
Half-Jamaican: Jamexican, Rastacan
Half-Jewish: Jalapeño bagel, Jumex, kosher burrito, Mexi-Jew
Half-Korean: Kimchicano, Kimchinero, Korexican
Half-Oklahoman: Chokies, Okie-Frijoles
Half-Peruvian: Lima bean
Half-Polish:Bean Pole, Polo-Cholo, Polexican, Taco Polaco
Half-Puerto Rican: Bori-Mex, Mexi-Rican, Porto-Mex
Half-Russian: Brown Russian
Half-Somali: Hot Somali
Half-Swiss: Swexican, Swexicano
Half-White: Honky-Tonk, Gringateca
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