Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Saliendo Adelante: Guatemalan Transnational Migrants in L.A.
by Bolinger, Joseph D., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 40; 10264197
Abstract (Summary)

This project document accompanies the ethnographic film, ‘Saliendo Adelante.’ The Spanish phrase ‘saliendo adelante' translates into ‘moving forward’. While the term is a familiar mantra for Latino immigrants, the media converts the undocumented immigrant into an illegal alien, and thereby providing the foundation to what Anthropologist Leo Chavez calls the ‘Latino threat narrative.’ This narrative insinuates that Latinos’s are an invading force that is unwilling or incapable of assimilating to so-called mainstream America. This ethnographic film provides a counter-narrative while illustrating a transnational narrative, key to the decision making process immigrants use in the universal pursuit of a better life. The film, shot using participatory, and observational techniques features, Marina, a mother coming to terms with her transnational existence, and Rudy, an aspiring hip-hop artist determined to find economic success. This paper provides background to some of the particular experiences of undocumented immigrants.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Robert S.
Commitee: Mosher, Jerry, Rousso-Schindler, Steven
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology
Keywords: Ethnographic film, Guatemala, Latino immigration, Undocumented immigration, Visual anthropology
Publication Number: 10264197
ISBN: 9781369861860
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