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tijuanaMexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.”

In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate, and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast.

Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShana (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shana rhymed with Tijuana in 2012. [Mas…]

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La Selfie is one of the newest additions to my contemporary codices series. The series asks: “If we were still creating codices like our ancestors what would they look like? What would our community look like?”

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Languages around the world share similar characteristics, but how do we know if they are related?

El Paletero is the newest edition to my contemporary codices series. The series asks if we were still creating codices like our ancestors what would they look like? What would our community look like?

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The Beandocks: Behind the scenes at Pepsi, Inc. (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 25, 2017 Cartoons
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…and that’s how they make tortillas in Mexico City, D.F. (video)

by Barney Asada January 11, 2017 Cultura
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Ritual ordinario mixes the sounds of Mexican streets with visuals of the process of making, baking, and selling tortillas. This video was shot and the ambient audio recorded in Mercado Cartagena in Mexico City, D.F. [Video by Ricardo Martinez Roa.]

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Student Video: ‘Making tamales with Yamelith’ (and her mom)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 2, 2016 Cultura
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We bet this looks familiar! Yamelith made tamales with her mom over the Thanksgiving weekend and shared her experience in this student video, uploaded by the Charles W. Harris School in Phoenix, AZ.

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‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ from the Fung Brothers (video)

by WONG GUEY November 24, 2016 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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Dear Trump Voter Ashley: We are real people, not your ‘Taco Tuesday’

by Sandra C. Muñoz November 22, 2016 El Now
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Dear Ashley, I don’t really know you very well. I met you for the first time when my family and I travelled to Rogers, Arkansas to see you marry my nephew. I knew my nephew at some point. I saw him grow up here in Los Angeles until my brother and his wife thought the […]

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Election Day? LET’S DO THIS! ‘Good Morning, Aztlan!’ (Videos X 3)

by Soy Capitan November 8, 2016 Cultura
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You can’t run to try to hide away Here it comes, here comes Election Day Where you are, never really far away Good morning, Aztlan! Mira los lyrics:

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San Diego y TJ band PRAYERS represent for ‘Mexica’ (NSFW music video)

by Soy Capitan October 11, 2016 Cultura
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Striking footage shot at San Diego’s Chicano Park sets the stage in the dramatic new music video Mexica, so that alt-goth-punk-Chicano-rap duo PRAYERS can decolonize your mind with music. [NSFW F-bombs, etc.]

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Happy Rosh HaShana from the Jews of Tijuana! Happy 5777! (video)

by Comic Saenz September 29, 2016 Cultura
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Mexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.” In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast. Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShana (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shana rhymed with Tijuana in […]

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This DF family has been making piñatas for generations (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 21, 2016 El Now
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Hugo Mena and his family make and sell piñatas in Mexico City, a family tradition for generations

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Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet

by Especial Correspondents September 7, 2016 Cultura
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Decolonizing your diet is more than a trendy Chicanx meme, it’s a book, and a chingon idea. If you want to just say “No!” to the comida of the Conquistadors and eat what Tlaloc intended — the authentic food of your ancestors — here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet: 8. […]

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White weddings vs Mexican weddings: You be the judge

by ERIC M. RUIZ September 1, 2016 Cultura
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It was very interesting growing up in a Mexican household yet being educated in predominantly “white” schools. For example, a sleepover is almost like a rite of passage for young children. But my Mexican parents could never understand why I’d want to sleep at someone else’s house when I had a perfectly good bed at […]

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DON’T MISS! Latino Comics Expo this weekend at MOLAA (toons)

by HABLO PICASSO August 5, 2016 Cartoons
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Tomorrow and Sunday the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach hosts the fifth annual Latino Comics Expo. Featured artists include POCHO contributor Eric J. Garcia, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz, New York’s Stephanie Rodriguez and more. Javier Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame, is the ringleader. KCET’s Matt Stromberg explains the cultural significance of […]

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Here’s what I thinko about Cinco in one ranty, illustrated post

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2016 Cultura
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White folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor. I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos. He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, […]

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ZUBI to the rescue if you hate Mexicans and that taco emoji (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 13, 2016 Cartoons
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Advertising agency ZUBI (in Florida, of course) steps up for the minority of “Latinos” and “Hispanics” who aren’t Mexican — and people who hate tacos. Because “Latino emotions,” tu sabes, are different and require special emoji.

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In San Diego, burritos include fries and tacos come with poetry (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 1, 2016 Cultura
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In San Diego, where the “California Burrito” has fries inside, the taco shops have poetry, thanks to the

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True Story: I was a teenaged guera, white like Jesus too

by SYDNEY PRESLEY March 22, 2016 Cultura
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In 1969, my mother registered to vote as a member of La Raza Unida, an independent “third party.” When she came home and shared the news with her father — declaring that she was a “Chicana” — he grew angry. He told her never to use that word, since “Chicano” was a derogatory term when […]

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La Cucaracha: I’m dreaming of a Latino Santa (5 toons from 2005)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 8, 2015 Cartoons
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Pocho Ocho amazing little-known first Thanksgiving factoids

by Especial Correspondents November 26, 2015 Cultura
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See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here: 8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date 7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly 6. […]

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