Migrants, butterflies and storytellers: expression and containment in the spaces of Mexican transnationalism

Eugenie Montague

Document Type Dissertation/Thesis


My experience in California has compelled me to continue to understand the manner in which transnationalism works and how contemporary theories of phenomenon engage or realistically illustrate the manner in which my neighbors live their lives. My thesis, then, has emerged as way for me to answer some of these questions and I will briefly outline the course this paper will follow in its attempt to analyze and represent the transnational experience of Mexican migrants. I choose to focus on Mexican migrants living in the L.A. area simply because of the paucity of research material available on Ontario, specifically. Therefore, the remainder of the paper focuses on the experiences of this population, but it is most certainly fed and interpreted through my understanding of migrants living in Ontario.