College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures



Primary Advisor

Fernando Sánchez


The aim of this project is to present the effect of the immigration issue in the United States, with a direct focus in San Luis Obispo, and including a spread of intercultural knowledge between the Hispanic and the Caucasian community. Through a fictional short story, the manifestation of these ideas will relate to current events occurring in our society today. These events focus primarily on immigration in California, deportation issues, socioeconomic issues in Mexico, and the cultural barrier seen in Mexican and American cultures; expressed through the main character: a young college student named Perla.

My primary goal in completing this project is to, not only improve my Spanish and knowledge of both cultures, but also present this knowledge and understanding to the San Luis Obispo community. With somewhat knowledge of immigration law, through an internship in Paso Robles, and growing up in a Mexican household, I felt confident in the expansion of these two viewpoints that would create a compelling short story. To achieve the details, I wanted to show the emotional and physical effect on Perla, and how her views of society changes after having a compelling experience interpreting in the law office.

I hoped that in writing this story, I would learn a lot more about both, the Mexican and American cultures, through the expansion of the storyline, as well as learn about myself as a writer. With my goals set, I felt confident that I would succeed in attaining them while presenting them to the community.