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Dear Gabacha: First off, for a Midwestern gabacha, you do VERY well with your español— good for you to go with the Reconquista flow! As for your child: if you’re going to continue to live among Mexicans, you’re going to have to accept that she’s going to turn part-Mexican. Definitely teach her to be proud of her Paki side, and make sure to be a good school mom and teach all those Mexican kids about your daughter’s culture. But the preponderance of Mexis means your daughter will grow up immersed in the culture, learning the words and customs. And that will further confuse people, gabachos and wabs alike, as she gets older—you mean to tell me that someone who looks like a Mexi and talks like a Mexi isn’t one? And that's a great thing—be proud of the fact your child is one glorious monkey wrench in the pendejada that is ethnic identity, an ossified relic as relevant to today as courting your bride by kidnapping her.

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