Intercultural bullying between Mexicans and Mexican Americans: embracing my ethnic identity

This thesis is a retrospective case study on intracultural bullying between Mexicans and Mexican Americans, specifically focusing on how the divergence in language creates tension between the two groups. The participant chronicles her experiences as a young child growing up as a Mexican American in the United States across an ecological and longitudinal perspective. More specifically, she explains how she perceived herself, Mexico and the United States as a developing Mexican American child and identifies how the Spanish language played a key role in her struggle to defining her ethnic identity. Finally, the implications for early childhood educators and future research are discussed.