In this essay, humorist Gustavo Arellano looks at the past and present state of relations between Asians and Latinos in California to offer a glimpse of the future for Californians in the Pacific world. He suggests that foreign investment from Latin America and Asia will increasingly turn California into a global crossroad for the world economy, which it has been for a long time already; remittances back home will help modernize countries of origin, while residents here will influence politics there—and in California too. Bilingualism and multiculturalism won’t be so exotic by the twenty-second century, but rather the only way for California and America to survive.
CaliMeXina or Bust, Cabrones!: Learning to love our Latin-Asian-Pacific future
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California. He is the author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and a lecturer in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.
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Gustavo Arellano; CaliMeXina or Bust, Cabrones!: Learning to love our Latin-Asian-Pacific future. Boom 1 March 2015; 5 (1): 88–91. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.1.88
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