Bicultural Living: Maria Luisa Mainou’s Experience with Immigration and Cultural Change

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Gummess, Alicia, '13
Visual Ethnography; Ethnographic Study; Visual Anthropology; Anthropology
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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 can bring together the diverse viewpoints of two separate nations. She enjoys her life as an American resident and retains a strong link to her Mexican heritage through displaying Mexican artwork at her home and through maintaining close connections to her family living in both Mexico and the U.S.