Thursday, July 30, 2009
Special Houston EditionI’m curious about your take on English versus Spanish. I am an obviously Mexican-American woman, but sometimes I get angry at people that come up to me and assume I speak Spanish. Oh, and when they find out that I don’t, I get foul faces, rude comments in Spanish (which I can pretty much figure out what they’re saying). I’m a third-generation Houstonian and grew up in the suburb of Spring-Klein (not too many of us out there when I was growing up).I believe because I’m an American and I do live in America, I speak English.Don’t get me wrong: I really wish I did speak Spanish fluently. I am not ashamed of my heritage! So I will be taking a summer course in español this year; it just gets to me sometimes. --Coconut in the City
Dear Wabette: Don’t get mad people assume you speak Spanish: in this country’s psychology, once a wab, always a wab. If it’s a Mexican who’s giving you grief, they’re just insecure pendejos who wished they spoke English or were more Mexican. And the best way to learn Spanish? Los Tigres del Norte.I’m a Mexican from Houston with great admiration for Latinos in the film industry and I’m looking for my big break. Do you think there is a lack of Hispanic/Latino movie directors, and how can we change this? --Wrapping More Tamales and Less Movies for a Living
Dear Wab: Si, and you can find out how to change Hollywood’s brown-out by visiting the National Association of Latino Independent Producers website at nalip.org.I work at an ice cream shop in Houston, so we get all kinds of Mexicans; from border jumpers who need to have their kids order for them, to upper-class güeros who moved from Lomas de Chapultepec to be closer to an emporio Armani. A common thread I’ve noticed is that Mexicans order butter pecan much more than any other group an I can’t figure out why. Please explain the Mexican affection with the nuez. --Gabacho Heladero
Dear White Ice-Cream Man: Because it’s bueno. And porque Tapatío nieve has yet to be perfected. Next!