The Effects of Growing up in a Bilingual-Bicultural Environment on One's Identity

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Ellen Zimmerman


Family values, culture of origin (including language), and education impact how acculturation occurs in bilingual-bicultural individuals, and thus deeply impacts their identity. This paper examines how growing up in a bilingual-bicultural environment influences an individual’s identity and perception of self. A bilingual-bicultural environment includes the home, as well as the outside settings such as an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. Much research has been done on how identifying as bilingual develops and how education influences an individual’s identity. Less research has been done examining how bicultural identities and values play a role in self-identification. Based on existing literature and personal interviews, this project analyzes how individuals develop bicultural identity, focusing primarily on bilingualism and family culture.

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