Revealing Boarderland Identities
This work critiques racial identity research and challenges standard racial constructs that have left out the experiences of multiracial and multi-ethnic individuals. I utilize arts-based inquiry and embedd autohistoria (a Chicana feminist autobiographical storytelling method) and my artful actions (narratives and visual art) as a method of disrupting traditional social scientific research. The result is a counter narrative for the historically silenced experiences of multiracial/multi-ethnic individuals.
This research uses inquiry and storytelling transformatively as methods to re-imagine and rewrite personal and cultural stories by centering an insider’s knowledge of their experiences over predominant narratives. Through this process, a space for non-normative voices is created and a method for resisting and crossing restrictive identity labels and assumptions is modeled.
I fuse research with autobiographic visual artistic narratives to illustrate the refusal of binary thinking; the tearing apart of body and mind; and the separation of the academic with the aesthetic/literary/personal. My work reveals the complex experience of identifying as (Anglo) American, Mexican, Chicana, and multiethnic in the U.S.
This layered text braids together a theoretical discussion of identity, diaspora, and home, my lived experiences, and arts-based inquiry. – I have sewn my living testimony.