Opinion: One man’s take on his culture’s stereotypes
¡Ask a Mexican! 08.18.11
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Dear Readers: Your faithful Mexican is putting the final touches to 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 I work 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 show how genius the Mexi brain truly is. Space doesn’t allow this 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 in una semana!
If you’re half-Mexican and…
Half-Arab: Garbanzo beaner.
Half-British: Limey beans.
Half-Chinese: Chexican, Mexinese.
Half-Czech: Czecano, Mexislovakian.
Half-Filipino: Chilipino, Mexipino.
Half-Gabacho: Güerexican, Whispanic.
Half-Japanese: Japanic, Mexanese.
Half-Jewish: Jalapeño bagel, Mexi-Jew.
Half-Korean: Korexican, Mexirean.
Half-Russian: Brown Russian.
Half Scandinavian: Hispandinavian.
Half-Scottish: McRiguez, Scottsican.
Half-Somali: Hot Somali.
Half-Swiss: Swexican, Swexicano.