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But what term is “correct”? POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz explained it all to NBC Latino [Mas…]

whitewashSan Diego artist Ricardo Islas used acrylic on wood to create this miniature 5″ x 7″ gem — Gentrification.

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dignidadlaloWhen I first applied to UCLA, I wrote in my personal essay that I didn’t have any positive role models in my violent neighborhood.

Having grown up in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, I wrote that most of the adults represented gang members, drug dealers, thieves, tecatos (heroin addicts), alcoholics, felons and high school dropouts (or push-outs). I also wrote about my disdain for housing authority officials and government workers for behaving like prison wardens and guards toward us: project residents who depended on government aid or welfare.

Moreover, I decried the police abuse that I had witnessed and experienced, like the time when a cop pointed a gun at me. My crime: being a 15-year-old making a rolling stop while learning how to drive. [Mas…]


Mexican, American or both? Residents of Elkhart County, Indiana, talk to The Elkhart Truth.

And this wonderful music video from Los Cenzontles expresses the same sentiments in song: [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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In the first study of its kind, the American Jewish Committee has taken a comprehensive look at the Americans who claim both a Latino and Jewish identity – all 200,000 of them.

Religion News Service reports:

As a group, Jewish Latinos don’t get much attention — either from Jews or Latinos in the U.S. [Mas…]

Welcome to North Carolina (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 22, 2016 Cartoons
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My name is Vero and I’m a Mexican-American (video)

by Verdana Bold April 18, 2016 Cultura
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Vero Higareda made this video for a class she’s taking at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Like so many others, she has been told that she doesn’t look Mexican.

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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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What Being Hispanic Means to Me: A Short Story (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés February 23, 2016 Cultura
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Live from her bedroom, California-native high school senior Allison Reyes explains the heartaches and joys of Being Hispanic. SPOILER: If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

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Poetry Slam: ‘To be a Mexican man in Texas’ (video)

by José Canusí October 14, 2015 Cultura
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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.

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Al Madrigal’s ‘Pocho Quest’: ‘Half Like Me’ (complete video)

by Comic Saenz March 2, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal gets some help from POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano as he tries to understand what it means to be half-Mexican in America.

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Al Madrigal is a coconut on a quest for identity: ‘Half Like Me’ (video)

by Comic Saenz January 14, 2015 Cultura
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POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s epic quest for identity — Half Like Me — debuts on FUSION next Thursday. Coconut Madrigal (white inside, brown outside) knew turning an intensely personal journey into a docu-comedy wouldn’t be one easy trick, but he never anticipated what happened next. “I set out to dial down my pocho level from a […]

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Los Cenzontles: ‘¡Soy México Americano!’ How about you? (video)

by QUESO QUESEM December 26, 2014 Cultura
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Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) are México Americano. Y ustedes tambien? [Words and music by R. Fuentes.] Mira the lyrics:

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He’s big gay Cassandro, the ‘Liberace of Lucha Libre’ (video)

by GORGEOUS JORGE October 17, 2014 Cultura
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He’s here, he’s queer and he’s the three-time world champion. Meet Cassandro, Luchador Exotico. Arielle Castillo reports for Fusion Live.

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Ask A Mexican: Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? What’s the deal? (video)

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2014 Cultura
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In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

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What’s in a trend? Google tracks ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic’ over time

by Comic Saenz September 17, 2014 Cultura
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Hispanic or Latino? This question comes up all the time, and not just during Hispanic Heritage Month, which we insist on calling Latino Heritage Month. Is there a trend? We asked the Google NGram Viewer to search their big index of published books to see how many times the word “Latino” and the word “Hispanic” […]

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Alfonso Ochoca: Don’t hate me because I don’t speak Spanish (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 2, 2014 Cultura
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Ever have an awkward moment when you have to pretend to be an Anglo at the taqueria because you don’t speak Spanish? Alfonso “White Boy Mexican” Ochoa reports.

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I’m Señor Chang, your Spanish teacher this semester (video)

by Bronco del Camino August 27, 2014 El Now
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Me llamo el Señor Chang y seré su profesor de español en este semestre.

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Local Chicano decides to start calling himself ‘Hispanic’

by María Purísima August 19, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from IRVINE, CA) Roland Vega, 33, formerly known as “Rolando,” has come to an important moment in his life: He’s transitioned from a “Chicano” to a “Hispanic.” The decision to change the way he self-identifies came as somewhat of a shock to his family and his homeboys, but not necessarily to Vega’s former […]

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White Boy ChIcano (a poem)

by MICHAEL MONTENEGRO July 8, 2014 Cultura
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White Boy Chicano It’s an identity crisis My parents are Mexican migrants, who stay busy all the time Spanish is my first language, then almost losing it because of time My TV only showed Mexicans involved in crime The stereotypes didn’t represent me My school peers didn’t believe me I wasn’t Mexican or White Being […]

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Attention Latino ‘Millennials’: Is this your story? (video)

by Soy Capitan March 25, 2014 Cultura
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Telemundo says it knows the secret to attracting the Millennial generation — so advertisers and marketeers can sell more product. (Spoiler: The secret word is 3BALL MTY.) What do you think? Is this video about you? But wait! What does Univision have to say?

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Census Bureau considering new race/ethnicity questions

by Moctezuma Cortés March 25, 2014 El Now
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The tricky choose-your-own race/ethnic questions in the 2010 United States Census didn’t work out as planned. “As many as 6.2% of census respondents selected only “some other race” in the 2010 census (photo, top), the vast majority of whom were Hispanic,” the Pew Research Center reports. The 2010 Census form asked two questions about race […]

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Locally-grown Mexican chocolate is an ‘act of resistance’ (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN February 4, 2014 Cultura
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The Aztecs and Mayans released the magic of chocolate (originally, xocolatl) to the world, only to lose the industry to Europe. Now, growing and processing chocolate in Mexico is virtually an An Act of Resistance. Video by The Perennial Plate. To find out about food tours like this, check out Intrepid Travel.

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