¡Ask a Mexican!

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¡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.[1]

Every week, readers submit their questions based on Mexicans, including their customs, labor issues, and illegal immigration. Arellano responds to two queries a week[2] 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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

The columns were collected in book form as ¡Ask a Mexican! (Scribners, ISBN 978-1416540038).


  1. ^ Daniel Hernandez, "Inquiring Gringos Want to Know", Banderas News, September 2006. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  2. ^ Tim Gaynor, "Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!", Reuters, 1 May 2007. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  3. ^ Interview with “¡Ask a Mexican!” author Gustavo Arellano[dead link]

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