Only Gringos Call Gringos 'Gringos,' -- Gabacho!

What would you want to know about Mexican/Mexican-American culture if you weren't afraid to ask -- and knew someone who could answer?

Why do Mexicans sell oranges and make fun of Guatemalans? Why do they dress up so much? Why do they pronounce "shower" as "chower" but "chicken" as "shicken"? Why do they call Anglos "gabachos" -- not "gringos"?

Those are the questions that the irreverent and controversial Orange County Weekly column Ask A Mexican is designed to answer. Written by a young Mexican-American journalist since 2004, the column takes questions of all kinds and turns them into what some of you would call teachable moments. The LATimes profiles it this weekend.


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