I like to read whilst I do laundry at our 15th street laundromat.
I found a New York Times Styles mag from November 2021 (sometimes I hoard old magazines) which I kept because of its rice article. I don't usually pay attention to these as they have a lot of ads in them, epecially for luxury brands that do not compute with me.
So I learned that rice is not an indigenous crop to Mexio even though all the Mexican restaurants that I have been to here in the US have rice on their menus. It is a colonial crop brought in by the Conquistadors. An interloper. So when the writer asks one Oxacan about rice, his response is telling: "Por que arroz?" Or in other words: "We are not Asian." Actually, the guy said, "chino" as in Chinese. Well, sure, rice was the staple food during the Sung dynasty circa 13th century.
Rice came to Mexico in the 1500's with the Spanish colonizers, think Cortes and de Alvarado who also brought with them a mindset for subjugation and destruction. So no wonder the question: "Por que arroz?" Because in Mexico corn is queen.
But I don't ask, "por que arroz?" But I have been known to ask, "donde esta el arroz?"