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Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


LACS: Hispanic Studies

First Advisor

Aidali Aponte-Aviles

Second Advisor

Thomas Harrington


Increasing our knowledge regarding the development of a persons’ identity who is not native to a particular country is a priority to effectively understanding cultural interference. This paper seeks to identify the main factors that may be unknowingly and knowingly contributing to a transition from the norms of one culture to another. More specifically, this paper will examine first-hand experiences of immigrants and how their personal identity has become clouded with the new cultural identity of the newfound region through the film Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido (2014) directed by Miguel Alejandro Gomez and the study of Itamar Even-Zohar in Papers in Culture Research. The purpose of this paper is to examine how cultural interference has an effect on immigrant’s national identity. In Alejandro’s film, a Costa Rican native migrated to Europe where he was faced with the conflict of adapting to the foreign land or ultimately resisting it. In Even-Zohars’ work, he examines the ‘procedure’ and process of cultural interference more in-depth and provides theoretical context behind this term. In each scholarly work, both agree that cultural interference helps shape and construct an individual’s identity while keeping in mind that that individual may be prone to resistance due to strong affiliation with their native country.