!Ask a Mexican!

¡Ask a Mexican!

¡Ask a Mexican! is a U.S. syndicated weekly column written by Gustavo Arellano published by Orange County's alternative weekly OC Weekly. It was first published in 2004 as a one-time spoof, but it ended up becoming one of the weekly's most popular columns.

Every week, readers submit their questions based on Mexicans, including their customs, labor issues, and illegal immigration. Arellano responds to these questions in a politically incorrect manner often starting with the words "Dear Gabacho." The column now appears in 38 newspapers across the country and has a weekly circulation of more than 2 million. Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. His email is themexican@askamexican.net.

On May 1, 2007, Reuters featured the column on its news homepage under the "Oddly Enough" heading.

¡Ask a Mexican! glossary

  • Gabacho/a is a pejorative slang term for white Americans used in Mexico, with "its etymological roots in the Castilian slur for a French national."


"Inquiring Gringos Want to Know". 23 February 2006 Issue. Los Angeles Times, .
"Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!". Reuters, .
"The Mexican Will See You Now". 23 June 2007 Issue. The New York Times, .

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