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Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

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A Small Slice of San Anto’s Spooky Haunts

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Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

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  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: As a college educated Mexican-American, I had my fair share of Chicanas in college…all of which my jefita considered putas with books. | 10/12/2012
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I live in La Habra, and I’ve noticed that the local Mexicans have a real affinity for palm trees — the more, the better. Some houses have over... | 7/10/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Readers: My columna a couple of weeks ago about whether Aztec savagery influences violence in Mexico today drew muchos responses, both bueno and malo... | 7/3/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I'm a U.S.-born Mexican that grew up part of my life in Tijuana. Why do Mexican-Americans from Santa Ana and South Gate always think they're harder... | 6/26/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Recently, a coworker turned me on to a website that features many videos of unspeakable atrocities the drug cartels are committing... | 6/19/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: In Philadelphia, where I live, there are three Spanish-language stations on regular broadcast television. None of them offer English subtitles... | 6/12/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Readers: U.K.’s spectacular Guardian newspaper has asked if I could field some questions for their readers as part of the paper’s summer... | 6/5/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I went to a Los Angeles Dodgers game today and noticed that they now have Doyer Dogs, which are fucking disgusting and covered in nacho cheese... | 5/26/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Like many Americans, I’ve heard about the “Fast and Furious” scandal in which our own ATF was shown to be guilty and corrupt of... | 5/19/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Where did the notion of adding an -o to the end of an English word and assuming it makes it a Spanish word come from? | 5/15/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Why is it that people from Chihuahua and Monterrey are such jackasses? They come from pinches ranchitos and talk about... | 5/5/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: What do we need to do to make the güeros understand that we come in peace as Mexicans and that we are from this great American... | 5/1/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I have always liked ranchera music. As of late, I have wanted to get deeper into it as far as the history, the culture and especially the songs and lyrics.h | 4/24/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: What do we need to do to make the güeros understand that we come in peace as Mexicans and that we are from this great... | 4/17/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: We’re in state testing this week at the high school I teach at. After the students finish a section, they can only sit and read or just sit. | 4/10/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Please explain to me why so many mexicanas seem to think it more important to stay home and babysit than to attend school (so that they may become... | 4/3/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: About six years ago, my wife and I adopted a little baby boy. He is “pure” mestizo and we are complete wabs. I’m a little dark because of my... | 3/27/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I'm living in Mexico part of the year. I'm learning Spanish but can't say I understand or speak well. I read several books about... | 3/20/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I would be most interested in hearing your point of view regarding our raza always voting for someone with a Latino last name, without even considering... | 3/13/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently dealing with deportation issues but will return next week once he builds his 15-foot escalera to... | 3/6/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: In the past, you have defended illegal immigrants by arguing that they (paraphrasing one of your previous columns) will do the... | 2/20/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: I'm 39. My stepdad — who raised me — just died. This freed my mother to tell me (stepdad always forbade it) that the man I thought was my... | 2/13/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: The pinche Republicans are making a gigante ruido about their “Hispanic” senators in Congress. Wáchale! Lets call a pendejo a pendejo. Please discuss... | 2/6/2013
  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Dear Mexican: Grammar question/rant. If Spanglish is a legitimate dialect/language, why do you feel the need to italicize every instance of... | 1/30/2013
  • ¡Ask A Mexican! Dear Mexican: In 1983 or 1984, I was walking home from work down Haight Street in San Francisco one evening and stopped into Watusi Records to look through... | 1/23/2013
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Can you please tell me something? How do you think it’s fair that all the people that come to our country and stay get treated far better than... | 1/16/2013
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: What is it about Mexicans and collecting old cars? I have three Mexican neighbors with middle-class incomes but in each case... | 1/9/2013
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: My muchos apologies for this Best Of edition —I'm still in the rancho getting faded on the Herradura and stuffed with tamales, pozole... | 1/2/2013
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Many of my friends think I'm loco for playing with my dad the way I do. See, mi padre is now retired and living in Mexico, and is... | 12/19/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: Behold your favorite Mexican's annual Christmas gift guide, where I give shout-outs to some of my favorite books that deserve your money this... | 12/12/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why is it that many Mexican women hate on me for having an Asian (Korean to be exact) novia? I notice this in a lot of places. | 12/5/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: In President Bush's State of the Union address, he reiterated a need for a guest worker program. What is your opinion of such a program? | 11/28/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I have a problem I need your advice on. My granddaughters were born and raised in Georgia, as was their father. Their knowledge of their culture is... | 11/20/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Lately, I've noticed a few bands, como Voodoo Glow Skulls, have embraced ska music in both at home and in Mexico. I was curious what... | 11/14/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: When are the racial minorities going to give up la causa? We have a black man for el presidente, and as a white middle-aged male... | 11/7/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: After a year in Spain, I speak more-than-decent Spanish, and I want to get a job in the nonprofit field where I can put it to... | 10/31/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why is it that every Mexican I know refuses to eat chocolate? My in-laws drink things I wouldn't clean my carburetor in. They fill... | 10/24/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: The Mexican must take the week off because his home paper is publishing its annual Best Of issue — if the devil ever condemns you to... | 10/10/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why do so many Chicanos claim to be Aztec? — Chicano stuck in leavenworth | 10/3/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Hey mojado, since when do you think it's OK to fuck up the facts of your wretched culture and concentrate on the few who have done something with... | 9/26/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why do gabachos always feel the need to talk about money or trips they have taken? I always notice this when I am at any restaurant... | 9/19/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Is it just me, or has what to call our friends from south of the border become a  partisan  issue? While taking in both political... | 9/12/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: One of your readers wrote a question about “DREAMers,” and I have a thought on the subject. This is not a criticism, although I have a... | 9/5/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: What is the reason for the colors of the Mexican flag? Is there any razón it resembles the Italian flag, minus the águila y serpent? | 8/29/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I was in a taco shop in the bathroom stall and saw your racist dribble in La Prensa San Diego (the paper was being used as ass wipe... | 8/22/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently smuggling mescal out of Oaxaca and into hipster bars nationwide, and thus gives you two oldies-but-goodies. | 8/15/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: So often when we see Mexican bands perform in the U.S. and Mexico, the crowd at some point starts chanting "¡Cu-le-ro!" ("Ass-hole!"). | 8/8/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! | 8/1/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I know I might sound like a gabacho borracho, but I'm really just a gringo trying to make progress towards getting work legally in Mexico, a side of the immigration debate we... | 7/25/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I was wondering about the Spanish going into Mexico and taking the gold and artifacts away from the Indians. Could the Mexican... | 7/18/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Magdalena has worked for me many years — 15, to be exact. She came over as a mojada with her two little girls when they were four and six. The girls went to... | 7/11/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Suppose the United States government and the American public were as progressive and conscious of our country's true self-interest as are, for example, many... | 7/3/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Barack Hussein Obama, how you dare deprive Mexico of its young, educated people. These illegal aliens in the U.S. are the only hope for Mexico and... | 6/27/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: In anticipation of the upcoming Reconquista, I've decided that I need a Mexican girlfriend. I feel this will help me fit in better with our new Mexican overlords. | 6/20/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I'm in this country illegally, but I have a current passport from the country I am from, and I have an international drivers license. I could not... | 6/13/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I work construction here in Texas. The mojados at work call me "Chicano" (which really angers me) to make fun of me, and I reply to them by saying... | 6/6/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why can't the United States and Mexico agree on one name for the Rio Bravo-Grande river? And I don't understand why the Americans lo dice in español? | 5/30/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I was wondering why Mexicans in Chicago are meaner than Mexicans in California? I love my Mexican brothers and sisters in California... | 5/23/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! I usually don't allow anyone to hijack this columna, but an exception must be made for California State Assembly Member Gil Cedillo. | 5/16/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I'm getting sick and tired of all these dirty, stupid Mexicans running around. The first part is easy: As Mr. Dicks says in David Copperfield, when asked what to... | 5/9/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I am a 20-year-old tall, slender, blonde Jewish Russian-American. He is a 24-year-old, short muscular Mexican. At face value, you would never... | 5/2/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: How come there are a bunch of fair-skinned European-looking guys running Mexico? When I am in Mexico, I see them having power lunches in... | 4/25/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans with lowriders have murals on their hoods and trunks/tailgates? And how come they always have waterfalls and half-naked chicks as part of the mural? | 4/18/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why do Hispanics deny that George Zimmerman is Hispanic? He did nothing wrong and has been crucified in the media — La Raza cannot bow down to the... | 4/11/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: Talk about a lazy Mexican—nearly four years after promising ustedes that I was going to write a book about the history of Mexican food in the United States, my... | 4/4/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Stop using Spanish in your column. I like reading your column, but when every other word is in Spanish, I don't know what the hell is going on. | 3/28/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I was born in los estados unidos, my father Tamaulipas, and my mother is a third-generation Chicana. Being married to a mexicano, we recently vacationed in his hometown of Apatzingán, Michoacán. | 3/21/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I work for a major news organization and often have heard the figure of 10 million illegal Mexicans. Unofficially, I have been quoted the number 20 to 25 million illegals... | 3/14/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I'm so perplexed by my Mexican neighbor. For one, he already has four girls, and I just saw his wife — and looks like she's pregnant AGAIN! What really bothers me is... | 3/7/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Aunqué soy Boricua, mi corazón está al lado del pueblo mejicano, aquí en Arizona. ¿Porqué no hablas contra "La Bruja Mala del Oeste" Gobernadora Jan Brewer... | 2/29/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I've tried and failed to learn the Spanish language for the last two years. During high school and college, I took both Spanish I and Spanish II, but... | 2/22/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: This question was inspired by the recent video you did on the Republicanos and the Latina/o vote. What's your opinion of Cuban-American and Tea Party cariñito Marco Rubio? | 2/15/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: My family for six generations have been born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Everyone speaks Spanish most of the time. Right now, almost every Republican in the state is... | 2/8/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: My cousin had put a picture on Facebook that said, "I will not be forced to learn a foreign language to accommodate illegals in my country." | 2/1/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: It’s so sad to see your wimpy answers. Your replies scream self-hatred and self-shame for your raza. You’re pathetic! No plan or desire to fix Mexico’s problems. You’re a puto with... | 1/25/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: I usually save reruns of my columna for when I have to smuggle in the latest cousin from the rancho, but the ascendancy of Republic presidential candidate Mitt Romney... | 1/18/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: How come Mexicans don't perform in the Winter Olympics? What — no talent? Or are Mexicans afraid of snow? I'm thinking both. | 1/11/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: In my hometown of Playa Larga (Long Beach, California), natives refer to a major avenida in our villa, Junipero Avenue as Juan-a-pear-o. | 1/4/2012
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Special best-of edición | 12/28/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Special Christmas gift edición | 12/21/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: This is the second rant I’ve felt I had to send to you. I don’t know if readers are allowed “seconds” but here it goes: Much has been said about the... | 12/14/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I read in your book that Mexico is due for a revolution about every 100 years or so. The last one was in the first part of the 20th century and you said they are about ready for another one. | 12/7/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Special Mexicans are Racist Edición | 11/30/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! | 11/22/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why is Mexico such a dump? | 11/16/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I am an Anglo intruder in New Mexico. When I moved to Albuquerque from Virginia, I fell in love with Mexican culture. I was impressed at what I called "Southwestern hospitality." | 11/9/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: These days, using the word "nigger" is considered so offensive that, in its place, we now use the term "n-word." | 11/2/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: There's something I'm concerned about, or bothered by. I was born and raised in Mexico, but I've been here for eight years. | 10/26/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Really? You answered "When Should You Use Usted Instead of Tú?" recently over my "Why Won't My Gardener Fuck Me Again If I Demand an HIV Test?" | 10/19/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: The Mexican doesn't want to take this week off, but has to because it's his mother periódico's Best Of issue and the Mexican is tasked with eating a thousand tacos in the search for the best one in Orange. | 10/12/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I learned Spanish in school as a teen. Then, it seems, because I was young, everybody was an usted. | 10/5/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I am a half-breed, as they say (Mexican father, Anglo mother), and recently I’ve been reading a lot about the drug violence in Mexico. | 9/21/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! ¡ASK A MEXICAN! | 9/14/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I’m a young white dude who drives to work everyday | 9/7/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: I see a lot of vatos around wearing the clam digger pants with the knee-high white socks and white sneakers. | 8/31/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Special Comida Edition | 8/24/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Readers: Your faithful Mexican is putting the final touches on his coming magnum opus, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America | 8/17/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Here is my problem: I was raised in a typical gabacho family. | 8/10/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: A few years back when I was in high school... | 8/3/2011
  • ¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: A few years ago, my girlfriend and I visited the beautiful city of Mérida in the Yucatan. We were surprised to see a sentence in our guidebook warning us to be on the lookout for Mennonites pedaling queso in the mercado. Sure enough, we bumped | 7/27/2011