Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (Scribner, 2012), is editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California and also a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column—appearing locally in the San Antonio Current—in which he answers any and all questions about America’s largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007.
Arellano has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. He has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. For more information, visit AskAMexican.net.