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Posts of the week: Lunar New Year superstitions, 'self-deportation,' Obama's immigration talk, @MexicanMitt and more

If you want to live long, eat some noodles.
If you want to live long, eat some noodles.
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For anyone who might have missed some of the more popular posts this week, or who wants to read them again, I'm trying this little experiment: At the end of each week, I'll be highlighting a few of the week's top posts in a short roundup. So without further ado, here's this week's selection:


Drop that knife! A few superstitions for Lunar New Year KPCC's Kim Bui shares some of the superstitions surrounding Lunar New Year, among them ensuring that the first person who visits you that day is a lucky individual, that you don't use a knife (it'll cut your luck!), that you don't yell and that you do eat noodles, which help ensure longevity.


Romney's "self-deportation" is not a new concept - does it work? The "self-deportation" that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke of during Monday night's debate in Florida refers to what some term "attrition through enforcement," i.e. making life difficult enough for undocumented immigrants that they leave the country by choice. But data suggests that in spite of crackdowns at the federal level and in the states, there has not been a measurable exodus.


Obama's immigration reform talk: More yawns than cheers? A compilation of media and other reactions to President Obama's brief mention of immigration reform during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, including proposed legislation that would provide legal status for undocumented college students.

Is @MexicanMitt a pocho? A peek behind the Twitter parody Cartoonist and funny man Lalo Alcaraz reveals - sort of - that he's "a hundred percent" behind a Mitt Romney Twitter parody that seizes on the Republican presidential candidate's Mexican roots. Unlike the typically reserved Romney, his vaquero alter-ego punctuates sentences with utterances like "Ajuua!!" The post links to audio from Alcaraz's interview with KPCC's Patt Morrison.


Why doesn't Mitt Romney consider himself Mexican American? In an interview this week with Univision's Jorge Ramos, Romney said that while his father was born in Mexico, he would find it "disingenuous" to identify himself as Mexican American. There are some interesting historical factors behind Romney's identity, including the Mexican laws in effect at the time his paternal ancestors moved to Mexico from the U.S. in the 19th century.


The GOP's fight for Latino voters in Florida Audio and part of a transcript from an insightful segment on KPCC's AirTalk, in which Republican political analyst Hector Barajas and Democratic strategist Roger Salazar joined host Larry Mantle and me to discuss the GOP presidential candidates' attempts to reach Latino voters ahead of next Tuesday's primary election, what isn't working, and whether anything might.