Abstract: The IRCA Effect: A Demographic and Humanistic Analysis of the Impact of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
Mentor: Dr. Sean Taudin Chabot, Sociology
Washington State lies in the Northwest portion of the US, surrounded by the states of Oregon and Idaho. The population of Washington State is roughly five million; about 180,000 of those citizens are of Mexican origin. Warden Washington-a town of roughly 2500- lies in the Eastern portion of Washington State in what is known as the Columbia Basin. This area along with the majority of Eastern Washington is known for its agricultural capacity. Interviews for this investigation were conducted over the summer of 2003 and 2004 in the community of Warden, WA. Pseudonyms have been used to protect the identity of informants. Informants were asked to share their individual life histories along with their personal opinions regarding the acculturation process. The three narratives referenced below were chosen because they best represent the distinctive experiences of each Mexican origin immigrant wave to come into the area.
Abstract: The Dynamics of a Mexican American Transnational Identity
Mentor: Dr. Frederick Strange, Anthropology
It remains apparent that although continually pressured and inevitably expected to do so, the Chicano/Mexicano populace of the US has not assimilated, to a large extent, into the American mainstream. Chicano/Mexicano pockets continue to remain culturally distinctive even though some have now been in the US for many generations. These groups of people have continued to proactive their traditional customs regardless of the pressures to adopt American mannerisms. While a degree of Americanization is certainly evident, especially within the younger generations, mane of these accounts have been overemphasized and incorrectly described. This project is an attempt at supporting alternative model of ethnic integration.
12th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/7-9/2003
7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004
13th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/5-7/2004
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