very different worlds

Over dinner last night, J-P and I talked briefly about reasons for the popularity of Tex-Mex-bashing. He speculated that most bashers don’t know that Mexican people in Texas also eat Tex-Mex: we eat at Tex-Mex restaurants, some of us run them, and what we cook at home is not entirely unrelated to what is served there. I said I thought most bashers who are looking for authenticity do know that, but would argue that Texas Mexicans (especially we latter generation ones) are not real Mexicans and therefore can’t produce real Mexican food. Mexican Tex-Mex-bashers even have a word for it: pocho.

He said in that case, it would be a very different world from the one he was describing. What do you think?

2 Responses to “very different worlds”

  1. June 1, 2010 at 12:17

    Both worlds exist. On the rare occasion when I hear someone make comments that cast doubt on the authenticity of tex-mex, I actually try to see if I can suss out which camp they fall into. More often than not, I think they’re from the world J-P is familiar with, but not always.

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