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Most friends don’t even know his real name, which is Ken

(PNS reporting from BELÉN, COSTA RICA) A local Costa Rican man born to Taiwanese immigrants is threatening to pack up and move to Taiwan though he’s never actually been there before.

Ken Chu, 28, who was born in Belén to Taiwanese immigrants, says his reasons for wanting to leave are simple.

“I’ve been known as Chino my entire life,” Chu said in a press conference at the Taiwan donated Puente de la Amistad in Guanacaste. “My friends, everyone I work with, my teachers at school, even Guachimen. Everyone calls me Chino. I’m not Chinese! I’m Tico!” [Mas…]

salvadorlitvakI’m pretty sure I was the only redhead at the NYU Latino Law Students Association Gala in the spring of 1990. The food was delicious, my date looked stunning, and I was glad I had jumped on the opportunity when I received the LALSA invitation.

My journey to that moment began 25 years earlier. I was born in Santiago, Chile in 1965: a third generation Chilean on my father’s side (whose people came from Odessa), and first generation on my mother’s side, who arrived when she was 12 from Hungary.

We left Chile in 1970 after the election of socialist president Salvador Allende. For Mom, socialism was close enough to the Soviet regime she’d fled in Hungary.

I started kindergarten at P.S. 81 in the Bronx. With a curly mop of flaming red hair and speaking only Spanish, I immediately embarked on a lifelong career of not fitting in. I learned English fast, but I still felt like an outsider. I got into X-Men comics because I identified with the mutants.

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It’s not easy being … a Mexican man in Texas, as Zachary Caballero explains to the WANPoetry slam.

WANPoetry (Write About Now) is a community-oriented collective of poets that meet at Avantgarden in Houston, Texas every Wednesday at 7:30 PM with the purpose of providing a platform for poets to share their work.

indiantooIf you’ve got to dance to keep from cryin’ — well then, dance to I’m an Indian, too! by the 1491s.  All the kool kids are doing it!

Careful listeners will note actual Native Americans cracking jokes with stereotypical Indian names like “Running Nose,” the same jokes that offended the sensitive extras on Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six movie set.   [Mas…]

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Me llamo el Señor Chang y seré su profesor de español en este semestre.

What if Latinos said the same kind of things Anglos say? (NSFW video)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 17, 2014 Cultura
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What if? [NSFW pinche adult language, guey!]

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Don’t call me a ‘Mexican,’ America! Also, I’m not a ‘Latino’

by Comic Saenz March 24, 2014 Cultura
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It’s a phenomenon older than the United Estates of America. We’ve named it Looking Down On More Recent Immigrants Syndrome: In 1751, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, a North American colonial with British roots, disparaged “stupid” and “swarthy” recently-arrvied German immigrants, who, he wrote, were too dumb to learn English, and did we mention they were […]

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Your skin, your hair — what ARE you, anyhow? (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 27, 2014 Cultura
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A spoken word meditation on skin, hair, race, ethnicity, categories and stereotypes from Amani Hayes-Messinger. Since you were asking, she’s from Boston. PREVIOUSLY ON STEREOTYPES:

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Hey, Sasheer Zamata: Could you please act more ‘urban?’ (video)

by Lucida Grandé January 20, 2014 Cultura
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New Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata just wasn’t black enough at the audition. [Contains N-word, girl!] PREVIOUSLY ON CASTING:

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I’m a smart, attractive Latina — so ‘Y Am I Single?’ (video)

by GARTH DATER October 7, 2013 Cultura
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When you ASSUME you make an ASS of U and ME. Also him and her. He and she tambien. Both of them. [Video by Elaine Del Valle.] PREVIOUSLY ON YOU DON’T LOOK/SOUND/ACT LATINO:

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Breaking: Marketing to Latins? Talk Latin to us, activists say

by ZACK A. TEXAS August 12, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from UPTON ABBEY, MI) Frater Cassius the Yon was adamant. “In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti,” he insisted in a rare English-language interview Sunday. “There is no such thing as Latin dancing, unless you mean the “dance of death” from the Black Plague. And Latin music is Gregorian chants, Enya and […]

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How many generations until Latinos become ‘Americans’?

by Sara Inés Calderón May 9, 2013 Cultura
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I consider myself Latina, close to my family’s Mexican culture; I’m bilingual and I’m happy with that identity. But, more often than not, it seems like everyone else is trying to corral me into some other identity, telling me that mine is not sufficient. The neighborhood where I live (photos, above) is a perfect example. […]

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NSFW Video: (White Privilege) Wouldn’t You If You Were White?

by Comic Saenz February 18, 2013 Cultura
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“Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.” — Mychal Denzel Smith. [Video by Gene Geter.] (NSFW language.)

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So let it be written: Now I am become ‘Hispanic’

by MOSESMOSESMOSES November 23, 2012 Cultura
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In The Beginning: For 37 years I lived my life without realizing I was Hispanic. A few days ago, while waiting for the bus, I overheard a conversation that changed my life. A gentleman was speaking Japanese with several ladies, and when they reverted to English, the ladies asked him, “Well if you’re not from […]

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Ñewsweek: Karma 90210, Colombian high, Abuelita licks frog problem

by Comic Saenz April 22, 2012 El Now
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Karma or koincidence? POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz spoke to a digital media industry panel at the Taberna Mexicana in Beverly Hills in February After the panel, a lady outside the restaurant profiled Lalo as the valet parking guy and wanted him to retrieve her vehicle Taberna Mexicana suddenly closed last week We’ve got Lalo’s Big […]

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Watch ‘Jose Fino: Salsa Instructor Extraordinaire’

by Comic Saenz February 29, 2012 Cultura
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In this very New York video, Jose – a tempestuous, toned and out-of-the-ordinary salsa dance teacher – is offering “private lessons.” Would you take him up on his offer? From the fine folks at BeingLatino.us

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