Our Mexican Ambassadors have written some stories using the stereotypes that we hear about through media, and through our own experiences. What we are interested in knowing is whether or not the stereotypes are true. If you could comment and let us know if we are wrong or right, we'd love to know.......
Story Number 1:
Carla smoothed her long skirt as she finished dancing at the street festival. She returned home for lunch with her many siblings. They had homemade burritos and Carla was on her way. She went to a hat dance at the street festivals. Everyone wore big sombreros and the men had big mustaches. When the dance started, Mariachi music blasted out. Everyone got partners and started dancing. Carla received a free sombrero for dancing the best. She walked the streets with her friends and ate a churro. Carla returned home after a wonderful day!
Story Number 2:
Meet Rosa and Camila. They are best friends. Both Rosa and Camila love making and wearing ponchos. Soon after the girls decided to make their very own poncho shop in the very busy market. One day, a woman came into their shop, looking for a pink poncho for her daughter’s quinncinera. Both of the girls had fantastic suggestions and ideas. The only problem was that the two girls could never agree on both of their ideas. This led to a huge argument between Rosa and Camila. They both decided to create their own pieces. Soon after, Rosa started to notice that her poncho wasn’t coming out as she had planned. She saw that Camila was having problems too. So they decided to put their differences aside and to work together to make the best poncho in history. When the customer came to pick it up, she was overjoyed. From that day onwards, Rosa and Camila promised to always talk about their plans and work together!
Story Number 3:
Everyday after dance class, Carlo and his siblings rushed home faster than a donkey so they wouldn’t miss their mother’s “special double decker cheese burrito”. After lunch, Carlo wore his sombrero and was on his way to the beach where the dance festival was. When he got there, he saw people with huge tacos and burritos. Everyone was wearing sombreros and girls wore Jarabe Tapatios. People were laughing and dancing until one guy came in, and shouted, “Where’s the burritos?!”
Story Number 4:
He was tall and dark but certainly not Mexican. He was at a spicy burrito competition. The 2015 Burrito Picante contestants were twelve taco-loving men with bushy moustaches who wore large tortilla chip sombreros. The judges were local villagers who won the 2014 Mariachi band competition. One of the competitors was disqualified for wearing a fake bushy moustache, which left them with only twelve competitors. I forgot to tell you that the requirements to enter the burrito competition the contestants were to wear that the classic pointy Mexican boots for good luck, a poncho and had to sing the best Mexican song “Mucha Muchacha” while drinking tequila. Back to our tall and dark but certainly not Mexican contestant. His name was Fluencio and it turns out he is French Canadian from Saskatoon. Fluencio had a life long dream to win a spicy burrito contest. Fluencio spent many winter months in Saskatoon eating habanero peppers and sipping tequila while wearing his pointy boots, a poncho and singing “Mucha Muchacha”. The contest day finally arrived and Fluencio was ready. Fluencio was really nervous but he was ready. The crowd of abuelitas cheered them on. Some had dentures and some no teeth. Fluencio knew he was one of greats and he easily won the contest. When he flew back to Saskatoon he arrived at the big event in his honor held at the hockey rink and his dad and grandpa gave him a shock of his life. The Mexican judges ruled to disqualify Fluencio for taking a bite of his competitor’s tortilla chip hat. Fluencio was devastated but understanding as he is already preparing for next year’s event.
Story Number 5:
One day, an overly large Mexican man was walking on the street eating. His name was Carlos. Carlos then put on his sombrero and pulled out his maracas. He then began to sing a Mariachi song. He was singing when a mouse, wearing a sombrero, began running around him, shouting, “Andale, Andale! Arriba! Arriba!” Carlos soon became angry at the mouse and tried squishing the mouse with his foot. They ran around the city but the mouse was too fast for Carlos. He soon became tired of chasing the mouse and quickly went to a burrito stand. He bought three of the biggest burritos ever. Each burrito had Tabasco sauce on it and he ate all of them in less than 5 seconds. Carlos went to the washroom and saw that he had Tabasco sauce all over his big mustache. He had to wash it all off his mouth and moustache. Later he fell asleep on a bench and then he woke up with the mouse staring at him. They decided to have a gun fight. They took 5 steps away from each other until they both turned around and Carlos got a hit and killed the mouse. Carlos went home happy and he then again began to sing another Mariachi song. Carlos finally went home and was greeted by his many brothers and sisters. They had a fiesta with burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. Carlos went to sleep with a full stomach.
Story Number 6:
Once in a land not too far away (but in order to show the differences between the main characters I have to say far), a 12 year old named Miguel has just moved from Mexico to Canada. Miguel was feeling very nervous because he didn’t speak a word of English. One day, when he was eating his burrito peacefully, Arnold (An America) came and threw Miguel’s burrito on the ground. Miguel stared as what was left of his burrito when one of the Canadians came to help.
“Are you okay?” Oh no! Your burrito! Here, let me help! I am Carol by the way.”
The next day, Carol tried his best to be friends with Miguel. “Hi! Do you want to hang out after school today? Oh! Am I bothering you? Okay… sorry…. Well, see you!”
It clearly had not worked out. Miguel was feeling sadder and sadder by each passing day. He was always being bullied by Arnold. Arnold kept asking, “Where is your sombrero? I own you!”
What Arnold didn’t realize is that Carol had heard everything that he had said to Miguel. So, Carol organized the next day that half the school would wear a sombrero and eat either a taco or a burrito. That is what happened to make Arnold realize his mistakes and he eventually surrendered. Now, because of that, Miguel and Carol are best friends. Even though they don’t speak the same language.