Very often Central Americans and people born in the United States to Central

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and cultural traits and diverse identities that characterize Central American. Very often, Central Americans and people born in the United States to Central American parents face the obstacle of being misunderstood and underrepresented in today’s American society. Furthermore, they are often forced to assimilate to the American culture and even within the Latino community, they also face xenophobia and/or are forced to ‘Mexicanize’ (Ek). In the process of trying to please two opposite communities and to be welcomed they get lost in two worlds that are not part of their own. Being a first generation Latina studying abroad in Merida, México last year, and having the opportunity of participating in an International Research Experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina last summer, made me revisit what it means to be a Central American living in the
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United States. I never realized one’s ethnic perception can be affected by another’s country’s representation of that ethnicity. That said, in this research, I am interested in exploring and understanding how the United States categorization and representation of Central Americans affect a Central Americans’ own ethnic perception while living in the United States. Particularly,
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