The American Dream Is Alive And Well In Mexico

Like many middle-class Mexicans, the Aviles family freely confesses to loving things American. "We have this idea that everything in the U. S. is terrific and that everything in Mexico is rotten," says Patricia Aviles, age 41. "That's our malinchismo." Don't know your Mexican history? Malinchismo refers to la Malinche, the Indian woman who became interpreter and mistress to the conquistador Hernan Cortes. These days, malinchismo describes Mexicans' longstanding tendency to reject domestic goods and embrace imports of all kinds.

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