Third Culture is an oral history project that explores how individuals form their cultural identities. Often time these individuals are negotiating and moving between a primary culture--that of their family, and a secondary culture--that which surrounds them, to create a third culture--their own interpretation of the primary and secondary cultures around them. Third Culture is a collection of a variety of stories. It presents stories of people born abroad in a country to which they’ve never returned. It includes stories of individuals living in transnational communities, such as the U.S.-Mexican border and U.S. territories. It also includes stories of individuals who are children of immigrants. From these stories, you will hear of family traditions and holiday celebrations, recipes passed down through generations, and individual takes on the idea of identity.
Araceli Méndez Hintermeister is a child of the border. She holds a AB in Ethnic Studies from Brown University in Providence, RI and is an MA in History and MLIS candidate at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her research is greatly influenced by U.S.-Mexican border town communities leading to work in immigration, transnational communities, and ethnic studies. Her current work involves exploring the role of libraries and archives in cultural preservation.