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The days of comunidades vibrantes

The days of comunidades vibrantes

Lately, Pocho Keen has been missing some of the ways of the old world. Mingling with others in mercados and centros, where people gathered freely and willingly, exchanging goods and services while swapping tales and sharing updates on la familia. For quick fixes I travel to the Avenues, the area of Phoenix that real estate […]

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WWCD?

WWCD?

This past month I, along with a lot of folks, had fun by taking part in “Doppelgänger Week” on Facebook. This consisted of swapping our profile pictures with that of a celebrity we think we resemble. Sure, it was cheesy, but also interesting to see how some people actually have cuates out there in the world. […]

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Pocho Keen’s Manly Advice

Pocho Keen’s Manly Advice

If this Valentine’s Day finds you listing your relationship status on Facebook as “Single” or even “It’s Complicated,” don’t turn to Dr. Phil; instead, try Dr. Pocho Keen.  OK, I’m not a real doctor, just a doctor of love. OK, not even that – but I’ll give it my best shot. To assist, I turn […]

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Qué gringo el pocho – or, Qué pocho el gringo

Qué gringo el pocho – or, Qué pocho el gringo

Whenever I get asked what it is to be pocho or even what the word means, I usually refer to a scene in the movie Selena. In the role of Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, Edward James Olmos explains to his American-raised children how difficult it can be to straddle the hyphen between the words “Mexican” […]

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Flor de Muertos in the Old Pueblo

Flor de Muertos in the Old Pueblo

There’s a funny story about how Danny White, the former ASU Sun Devil and Dallas Cowboy quarterback, would hold his nose every time he had to drive past Tucson. For years, I myself stayed away and couldn’t even attend an ASU-UA game unless it was in the comfy confines of Tempe. That all changed when […]

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The day ‘Broad-for’ came to Thanksgiving dinner

The day ‘Broad-for’ came to Thanksgiving dinner

This month we will be expressing our thanks in front of a turkey, a stuffed turkey no less. Most of us will do this in full Thanksgiving splendor, replete with all of the usual trimmings and trappings. Some of us, much to the horror of non-Latinos and to the chagrin of more assimilated Hispanics (I […]

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It’s better to be an abuelito on a rocker than an aging rocker

It’s better to be an abuelito on a rocker than an aging rocker

“I hope I die before I get old.”

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Hoop dreams: Tale of the Miami Vandals

Hoop dreams: Tale of the Miami Vandals

If there is one thing that I got out of George Lopez’s recent HBO special, “Tall, Dark and Chicano,” it’s the reminder that we grew up tough. Not like the pampered kids of today with names Lopez loves to make fun of. Imagine what it was like two or even three generations ago. All over […]

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Pocho gets his ‘chi’ back

Pocho gets his ‘chi’ back

When we were little, it really wasn’t cool to be a neat freak. At least for boys it wasn’t. Many of us weren’t taught at a young age to be organized little dudes. It’s not like we had health, social studies and then a class on organizational skills. Today, cable channels are filled with makeover […]

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Up on the sun

Up on the sun

Whenever I complain about the heat I always think of people who toil in it, roofers, landscapers, and others who stand toe-to-toe with everything the sun can throw at them. I tried it once, the summer after graduating from high school. My friend Harvey and I stayed up all night wondering what would become of […]