Title of Abstract

Latinidad and Portrayals of Second- and Third-Generation Latinx Immigrants in One Day at a Time

Submitting Student(s)

Yashuri Del Rosario RodriguezFollow

Session Title

Humanities: Real Life and Literature

Faculty Mentor

Nathaniel Frederick, Ph.D.; frederickn@winthrop.edu

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Mass Communication

Faculty Mentor

Nathaniel Frederick, Ph.D.

Abstract

As the largest minority group in the United States, Latinx people have been underrepresented in the media, particularly entertainment media. Entertainment media has not reflected the multi-dimensional identity of second and third generation Latinx immigrants. As part of the new wave of Latinx-written, produced, and directed shows, Netflix series One Day at a Time chronicles the experiences of a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. By analyzing this show, this research demonstrates the changing notion of Latinidad, what it means to be Latinx, and how the experience differs within generations of a singular family. This research reinforces the importance of creating diverse stories and the importance of representation in entertainment media. The scope of analysis entails mediated representations of Latinidad and the Latinx experience in the first two seasons of the show which aired in 2017. Narrative analysis was employed to examine the Latinx identity and experience in Netflix’s One Day at a Time. This study identified three major themes that reinforce the issues and changes that affect the Latinx experience: culture versus change, discussion of immigration, and the makings of a Latinx. This study hopes to contribute to media studies and the manner in which underrepresented minority groups are portrayed - as individuals and their overall experience in entertainment media.

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Course Assignment

MCNR 300 - Fortner-Wood

Other Presentations/Performances

Winthrop Summer Research Symposium, Rock Hill, S.C., June 2020

Grant Support

Federal McNair Summer Scholarship, McNair Scholars Program, Summer 2020

Start Date

16-4-2021 12:30 PM

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Latinidad and Portrayals of Second- and Third-Generation Latinx Immigrants in One Day at a Time

As the largest minority group in the United States, Latinx people have been underrepresented in the media, particularly entertainment media. Entertainment media has not reflected the multi-dimensional identity of second and third generation Latinx immigrants. As part of the new wave of Latinx-written, produced, and directed shows, Netflix series One Day at a Time chronicles the experiences of a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. By analyzing this show, this research demonstrates the changing notion of Latinidad, what it means to be Latinx, and how the experience differs within generations of a singular family. This research reinforces the importance of creating diverse stories and the importance of representation in entertainment media. The scope of analysis entails mediated representations of Latinidad and the Latinx experience in the first two seasons of the show which aired in 2017. Narrative analysis was employed to examine the Latinx identity and experience in Netflix’s One Day at a Time. This study identified three major themes that reinforce the issues and changes that affect the Latinx experience: culture versus change, discussion of immigration, and the makings of a Latinx. This study hopes to contribute to media studies and the manner in which underrepresented minority groups are portrayed - as individuals and their overall experience in entertainment media.