Becoming Biculturally Competent
an Autoethnographic Journey of a Güera Woman
This dissertation represents a personalized account of my lived experiences and analytically describes the autoethnographic and qualitative processes of bicultural development and bicultural competency. My autoethnographic study advocates that cultural self-reflection allows for an accurate determination of one’s cultural-self and more importantly provides an instrumental passageway to cultural awareness, bicultural awareness, and proposedly bicultural competency.
Through the implementation of this qualitative research method, I explored my role as the subject, researcher, and narrator of this autoethnographic examination. This bicultural autoethnography necessitated attending to the details of genuine and truthful personal reflection, self-analysis, and self-evaluation through the use of the narrative and the components of bicultural competency.
Peering through my Hispanic cultural lens, and my Anglo cultural lens, I have documented a portion of my lived experiences through reflecting, interpreting, and analyzing a collection of epic events that significantly impacted my life academically, culturally, personally, and professionally.
The theoretical elements used for this study are reciprocal determinism, bicultural competency, grounded theory, and narrative analysis. There also was a brief consideration of information avoidance for cultural value preservation. This study synthesized my life story vignettes, my Anglo and Hispanic cultural perspectives of randomly selected cultural artifacts, and familial interviews culminating in epiphanies and heart-warming bicultural life analysis.
Keywords: Anglo, autoethnography, bicultural, bicultural competency, culture, Hispanic
Anglo, autoethnography, bicultural, bicultural competency, culture, Hispanic
Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Level of Degree
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
First Committee Member (Chair)
Dr. Pisarn Chamcharatsri
Second Committee Member
Dr. Kathryn Watkins
Third Committee Member
Dr. Penny Pence
Fourth Committee Member
Dr. Carolyn Hushman
Hall-Cuarón, Bernadette M.. "Becoming Biculturally Competent an Autoethnographic Journey of a Guera Woman." (2019). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_llss_etds/106