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Outstanding Ethnographic Research Projects

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Russian-Jewish Immigration And The Life Experiences Of Dr. Marina Balina: A Photo Essay, Lauren Henry '14 Apr 2013

Russian-Jewish Immigration And The Life Experiences Of Dr. Marina Balina: A Photo Essay, Lauren Henry '14

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It is easy for many American-born citizens to forget that many people struggle to achieve the same status that they have by birthright. It is also easy to take for granted the fact that Americans have many freedoms and opportunities that people are deprived of in many other places all over the world. Being born in the United States myself, I am no exception to this. After hearing from Dr. Marina Balina about her life and journey to becoming a citizen, I have a new level of respect for immigrants like Dr. Balina and an appreciation for the circumstances that ...


Bicultural Living: Maria Luisa Mainou’S Experience With Immigration And Cultural Change, Alicia Gummess '13 Apr 2013

Bicultural Living: Maria Luisa Mainou’S Experience With Immigration And Cultural Change, Alicia Gummess '13

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This essay provides a brief glimpse into the life of Maria Luisa Zamudio Mainou, a Mexican immigrant living in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident (LPR). Maria Luisa lives in an American home in the Midwest. She works at Illinois State University in the bicultural-bilingual studies department, a career that puts her into frequent contact with Latino students and other people interested in important issues relating to the Latino community. Her work gives her particular reason to want to be involved in this study, and her story offers rich insights into the ways in which a bicultural perspective ...


The Long Road To Becoming American: One Kenyan’S Immigration Journey Filled With Perseverance, Discrimination, And Student Visa Restrictions, Katelyn Eichinger '14 Apr 2013

The Long Road To Becoming American: One Kenyan’S Immigration Journey Filled With Perseverance, Discrimination, And Student Visa Restrictions, Katelyn Eichinger '14

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This study focuses on the story of one immigrant, Mid-hat Abdulrehman, and how he came to America and the problems he encountered along the way. Mid-hat is a Kenyan immigrant from the town of Lamu on the East African coast.


Pierogies To Hamburgers: An Immigration Story, Madeline Cross '13 Apr 2013

Pierogies To Hamburgers: An Immigration Story, Madeline Cross '13

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This ethnographic study examines the experiences of an immigrant from Poland through visual media. The process of becoming a citizen, the transition to American culture, and current identity as a Polish American are addressed. The consultant for this ethnography is Agnieszka (Agnes) Kubas who is a Junior at Illinois Wesleyan University. Agnes moved from Poland to America 12 years ago.

Agnes’s immigration story is a culmination of historical and cultural factors that she experienced on a personal level. The three main themes of Agnes’s story were the language barrier, the transition to the American educational system, and the ...


An American Who Emigrated From Poland: The Significance Of Education And Family Support In The Acculturation Process, Stephanie Pierson '13 Apr 2013

An American Who Emigrated From Poland: The Significance Of Education And Family Support In The Acculturation Process, Stephanie Pierson '13

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Through part of the “Becoming American” project, I collaborated with Justyna (Koscielniak) Gano, who is a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University. This collaborative research focuses on Justyna’s acculturation process, detailing her journey to America and the challenges she and her family have faced as immigrants. It also emphasizes the importance of family support in Justyna’s search for success in America.


Snapped Into Focus: Addressing The Challenges Faced By Undocumented Mexican Immigrants In The United States, Nora Peterson '14 Apr 2013

Snapped Into Focus: Addressing The Challenges Faced By Undocumented Mexican Immigrants In The United States, Nora Peterson '14

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It is estimated that as of 2010 there are 11.4 million Mexican immigrants living in the United States. This figure represents 30% of the total immigrant population and 62% of the undocumented immigrant population (Ortmeyer and Quinn 2012). Jennifer Carrillo, a resident of the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois community, has represented both sets of statistics throughout the thirteen years that she has resided in the United States.


American By Citizenship Or American At Heart? An Analysis Of Becoming An “American” As Seen Through The Eyes Of An Indian-American Immigrant, Helen Brandt '14 Apr 2013

American By Citizenship Or American At Heart? An Analysis Of Becoming An “American” As Seen Through The Eyes Of An Indian-American Immigrant, Helen Brandt '14

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Learning and experiencing the culture of a country for an immigrant is quite different than for someone who has grown up in that country and culture. Most native citizens take the differences for granted, but for immigrants, these variations can cause feelings of alienation in a new culture. Beginning my research, I wanted to learn what becoming an American was like. The end result of my research showed that being an American does not simply mean being born here or acquiring citizenship. It also entails adapting to certain recognizable aspects of the U.S. culture, and one does not need ...