¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Published: August 17, 2011
Dear Readers: Your faithful Mexican is putting the final touches on his coming magnum opus, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (out April 2012) and is thus at the rancho, getting handmade tortillas made by his chica in pigtails while he works on rewrites. But instead of a Best Of columna, I’ve decided to print excerpts from one of my all-time favorite reader interactions. Remember back in 2007, when I asked ustedes who are half-Mexican and half-something else to tell us what you call yourselves? The brilliant, hilarious responses offered show how genius the Mexi brain truly is. Space doesn’t allow your local rag to print all the responses, but below are just some of the best. You can find the full list online — in the meanwhile, enjoy and see you in una semana!
If you’re half-Mexican and ...
Half-Arab: Garbanzo beaner, America’s worst nightmare
Half-Australian: Aussican, Dingoles (say like frijoles), Fosters Especial, Mexi-roo, Ortegamite, Wallican
Half-Black: Black beans, Blaxican, Bro-Vato, Choco-Taco, Choligger, Mack, Mexiblack, Mexicoon, Negrexican, Tino Noir, Watermexican, Wetblack
Half-British: Limey beans
Half-Cajun: Bayou Beaner, Mexi-Gumbo, Mexicajun, Red Beans & Rice
Half-Chinese: Chexican, Chinacan, Chinkano, Combination Plate, Mexinese, rice ’n’ beans, soy bean
Half-Costa Rican: Mextica (“tico” is a nickname for Costa Ricans)
Half-Czech: Czecano, Czex-Mex, Czexican, Mexislovakian
Half-Filipino: ChicaPina (for Chicana and Pinay, which is a Tagalog slang term for Filipina), Chilipino, Filixan, Filitino, Flipamex, Flippican, JalaPinoy, Mexipino
Half-Gabacho: Amerilanga (combination of American and chilanga, nickname for someone from Mexico City), Caucano, Chicangüera, Gabaxicano, GMC (Gringo-Mexico cross), Güerexican, Latinglo, Mexiglos, Mixican, Pochingo (half-pocho, half-gringo), Whispanic, white bean
Half-German: Beanerschnitzel, chili kraut, Germexican, wiener beaner
Half-Greek: Greexican, Grec-Mex, Mexi-eek (I never said all of the nicknames were clever).
Half-Guamanian: Chamexorro (Guam natives are called Chamorros), Guamexican
Half-Guatemalan: Chapano (chapínis a nickname for Guatemalans), Guacamex.
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