Local writer Daniel Hernandez posted an interesting take on the media response (or lack thereof) to the Governors recent comments regarding Mexicans, comparing the marked difference in the approach chosen by the LA Times vs La Opinion. (If some academic manages to understand that all-to-common scenerio, they would surely bridge the gap between Mexican and non-Mexican LA!) With the Governor dissing on Lynwoods popular and entertaining Plaza Mexico by calling it “a growth” (he didn’t mention it’s the idea of Koreans) and repeating the myth that Mexicans don’t assimilate because “they are holding onto their tradition and to their language” it got me to thinking: where’s my fucking manual!?! Maybe I have been imprisoned by the clutches of Mexican culture, and since I seem to have gotten the hang of this Engleesh jibberish, time to break free!
I see nothing wrong with Plaza Mexico or “holding on to traditions” so I guess I’m kinda clueless about how to go about this assimilation business, maybe some readers can give a little help? Besides the language and traditions, what other things might someone wanting to assimilate give up in order to fit in? Are there particular places one should eat,shop, or work? What about traits and mannerisms, any suggestions?
It’s a very real imaginary book, might as well give the intended readers some sense as to its content. Help fill in the blanks!