¡Ask a Mexican!
¡Ask a Mexican! is a syndicated weekly newspaper column written by Gustavo Arellano in the Orange County, California, United States alternative weekly OC Weekly. "¡Ask a Mexican!" was first published in 2004 as a one-time spoof, but it ended up becoming one of the weekly's most popular columns.
Every week, readers submit their questions based on Mexicans, including their customs, labor issues, and illegal immigration. Arellano responds to two queries a week in a politically incorrect manner often starting with the words "Dear Gabacho." The column now appears in 37 newspapers across the country and has a weekly circulation of over 2 million. Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
The columns were collected in book form as ¡Ask a Mexican! (Scribners, ISBN 978-1416540038).
- Daniel Hernandez, "Inquiring Gringos Want to Know", Banderas News, September 2006. Accessed 2010-10-21.
- Tim Gaynor, "Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!", Reuters, 1 May 2007. Accessed 2010-10-21.
- Interview with “¡Ask a Mexican!” author Gustavo Arellano[dead link]
- ¡Ask a Mexican!
- ¡Ask a Mexican! (OC Weekly)
- Mireya Navarro. "The Mexican Will See You Now". The New York Times, 23 June 2007.
- Latino responses to "Ask a Mexican"
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