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This corrido by Orange County Celtic-rock homies The Fenians tells the tragic story of the San Patricios, the St. Patrick’s Battalion.

The unit of 200 mostly Catholic Irish immigrants deserted the United States Army and fought with the Mexican Army against the U.S.A. in the Mexican–American War.

Scots-British post-punk The Wakes Band offer their version of the story next. The video’s not much to look at but the lyrics are killer, so read along below: [Mas…]

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mujeremixedIn Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy International Women’s Day! (Remixed by YUKICITO.) [Mas…]

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Antioch College student Cristian Perez-Lopez put together this cool short video for a history of film class. How many of these films have you seen? [Mas…]


This 1946 educational film from Encyclopædia Brittanica presents a period look at immigration to the New World. “Negroes” are mentioned once, Native Americans are invisible, and Mexicans don’t show up until the very end, but it’s an interesting film pitching the “nation of immigrants” meme. Good public schools are important for the Melting Pot, they note, the quest for freedom brought many persecuted refugees here, Congress started blocking “undesirables” (Asians, Southern and Eastern Europeans) in 1924, and yet there’s the Statue of Liberty who lifts her lamp beside the golden door. History: You’re soaking in it.

“Where have you been, my darling young one.”
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

U.S. anti-Mexicanism is a race premised set of historical and contemporary ascriptions, convictions and discriminatory practices inflicted on persons of Mexican descent, longstanding and pervasive in the United States.

This essay conceptualizes, historicizes, and analyzes anti-Mexicanism, past and present, concurrent with some references to sources. Here, the emphasis is conceptual, not historiographical. Anti-Mexicanism is a form of nativism practiced by colonialists and their inheritors. Mexicans, being natives, became targets of aggressive practices inclusive of the violence directed at Indigenous and African peoples. The words “Mexican” and “Mexico” speak to Indigenous heritages. The origins of the thought and meaning of “Mexican and “Mexico” speak to historical native roots. White supremacist ideologues have understood this. [Mas…]

POCHO History 101: Alternative Facts by George Washington (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 24, 2017 Cartoons
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Donald Trump, John Lewis and MLK Day (video, toon, photo)

by Especial Correspondents January 15, 2017 Cartoons
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In 1991, Public Enemy‘s epic By the Time I Get to Arizona spotlighted the Hate State of Arizona’s failure to implement the Martin Luther King Day national holiday. Contrast and compare with PEE-OTUS Donald Trump’s weekend Twitter attack on civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, draw the necessary conclusions, and prepare to take appropriate action:

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America pauses Monday for Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017

by Comic Saenz January 15, 2017 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause tomorrow to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever. Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie […]

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La Cucaracha: What history teaches us about Trump (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz December 2, 2016 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: The Pilgrims wanted religious freedom (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz November 25, 2016 Cartoons
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Tia Lencha’s Cocina: Oh jes! Thanksgiving turkey al pastor tacos

by TIA LENCHA November 23, 2016 Cultura
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Happy Mexican Thanksgiving Day! Is Tia Lencha here. Gwhat is Mexican Thanksgiving Day you ask? Is Thanksgiving but with all Mexican food. What?!?! My gringo frends say. Oh no! How you can do that! Is crazy! And Tia Lencha say, no really. When I help mijo with his homeworks, I learn that Thanksgiving come from […]

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Remember when California had an African-Mexican governor?

by Soy Capitan November 3, 2016 Cultura
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Pio Pico, an African-Mexican, was the last governor of California under Mexican rule. His name is everywhere. There is the city of Pico Rivera, Pico Park, Pico Canyon, and, of course, Pico Boulevard. The corner of Pico and Sepulveda in West Los Angeles even has its own music video:

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Tia Lencha: What pochos need to know about El Dia de Los Muertos

by TIA LENCHA October 31, 2016 Cultura
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Happy Day of the Dead! Is Tia Lencha here. Many people ask me questions about Dia de Los Muertos. I answer the questions today. Question numero one: Tia Lencha wass this Dia de los Muertos? Is it the Mexican Halloween? Gwell, kind of, I say. Except that the Day of the Dead celebrations come from […]

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La Cucaracha: Put the Hispaño back in Hispanic Heritage Month (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 14, 2016 Cartoons
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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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Talk and Sing Like a Mexican Pirate Day: ‘Santy Anno’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC September 19, 2016 Cultura
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It’s International Talk Sing Like A Pirate Day and we’re please to present not only a “sea shanty” about being a pirate, but one about the Mexican-American war of the 1850s. It’s even in Wikipedia! This video of Santy Anno has music by Forebitter and Lord Cavendish manga-influenced artwork assembled by uploader LordDrakoArakis, probably not […]

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The Beandocks: Donald Trump’s not a racist, he says (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 31, 2016 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: History is hard! Part II (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 17, 2016 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON LA CUCARACHA: HISTORY IS HARD:

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La Cucaracha: History is hard (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 16, 2016 Cartoons
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We Are One: Preschoolers know more than Trump voters

by KAT AVILA August 16, 2016 Cultura
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In the lobby of the school where I work, there is a huge image of Earth taped onto the wall. It is made of kraft paper and crisscrossed with colorful broad strokes of tempera paint. Circling the perimeter of the planet are cutout drawings of children holding hands. No two children are the same, partly […]

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Kids learn traditional music at free mariachi summer camp (video)

by Soy Capitan August 5, 2016 Cultura
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A free mariachi summer camp in the city of Santa Rosa spreads the love for Mexico’s music in Northern California. KQED public TV explains:

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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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LatinoUSA: The mysterious origins of Navajo fry bread tacos (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 5, 2016 Audio
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What is the deal on these so-called Navajo tacos, anyhow? NPR’s Anne Hoffman and Maria Hinojosa of LatinoUSA are looking for answers:

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