Diana Ramirez L&S Social Sciences
A Transborder Study of Chicana/Indigena Identity Formation
The livelihood of the Poblano community’s oral histories and traditions, “desde nuestros pueblos a los estados unidos” (from our pueblos to the U.S.), is telling of my community’s ancestral resistance. The survival of our heritage allows our families to build community and identity, a home in a country that rejects and displaces both our Mexican immigrant communities and ancestral knowledge and identities. My research project is a transborder study in which I will trace my Indigenous roots in Puebla, Mexico and construct a memoir of the oral histories of my Poblano communities in Los Angeles, CA and San Bartolome Hueyapan, PU. I will identify Poblano histories and traditions that have been preserved and passed across the U.S.-Mexico border and, through this, gain an understanding of how they play a role in identity formation among returning migrants and immigrants from my ancestral homeland. My research will be a reunification with my indigenous roots in Puebla and will be imperative to the survival of these traditions in my barrio of Los Angeles.