An irreverent, hilarious, and informative look at Mexican American culture is taken by a rising star in the alternative media, as well as a new kid on the block in such mainstream venues as NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Today, and The Colbert Report. Gustavo Arellano has compiled the best questions about Mexican Americans from readers of his Ask a Mexican! column in California's OC Weekly and uses them to explore the cliches 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.… (more)
¡No contaban con mi astucia! ("They didn't count on my astuteness!") El Chapulín Colorado (The Red Grasshopper)
To my parents: Papi, who proved you can an illegal immigrant and still make something of yourself in this great land, and Mami, who taught me the alphabet as a toddler despite not knowing English. Los amo.