Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

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Anaheim, California, The United States



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Gustavo Arellano is the author of ¡Ask a Mexican!, a nationally syndicated weekly column 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 would 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."

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

Average rating: 3.59 · 817 ratings · 170 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Ask a Mexican
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 396 ratings — published 2007 — 16 editions
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Taco USA: How Mexican Food ...
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Orange County: A Personal H...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Mexican American Baseball i...
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October 2009, Gustavo Arellano
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? GA: Incredibly lucky, purposefully antagonizing, surprisingly dull, wonderfully funny SS: What is your motto or maxim? GA: If your mom tells you she loves you, check it out What Reader..." ...More

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“Your life depends on a random stranger who could kill you, will probably disrespect you, and will most likely pay you much less than you deserve. But even those prospects are better than the ones you used to have. This is the life of los jornaleros – the day laborers.”
Gustavo Arellano, Ask a Mexican

“It was a mission of celebration: never had two Mexican-Americans flown up in space on the same mission, and never did burritos shine so brightly.”
Gustavo Arellano, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

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