Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano steps back into the video limelight to ponder the question: Why do Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans) and Salvadorans (and Salvadoran-Americans) hate each other so much? Is it because Salvadoran horchata is better than Mexican horchata? And the fact that pupusas kick gorditas’ culinary nalgas? Or are they just following an age-old American tradition of hatin’ on the newbies that goes back at least to Benjamin Franklin?
People with roots in El Salvador may soon replace Cuban-Americans as the third-largest “Hispanic-origin group,” according to The Pew Research Center:
For more than 40 years, one rock-solid element of Hispanic demographics has been the relative ranking of the three largest Hispanic-origin groups: Mexicans have always been the largest by population, followed by Puerto Ricans and then Cubans.
But this may be changing. The Salvadoran population’s growth rate has been about double that of the Cuban population (33% versus 17%). As a result, the Salvadoran population is now poised to overtake the Cuban population in the next few years.
But what does this mean to me, you ask? Here are the Pocho Ocho things you should know about your new neighbors:
Check out The Coconut Tree, the new reggae-toned psychedelic video from Los Angeles band Fitter, shot in El Salvador. Fitter is James Ramirez, drums; Wilfredo Mendez, vocals, guitar and congas; and Edgardo Velasquez, bass and timbales. One question for the band: How can you shoot a vid in El Salvador and not feature a single pupusa? 😉