SCETV has created a unique educational program about Hispanic culture in South Carolina. “La Ropa Sucia” is a fotonovela that examines a family of Mexican descent and some of the issues that they face, such as racism, assimilation, and religious division. The fotonovela, which is geared for teens, is available on SCETV’s educational website Knowitall.org. SC Humanities supported this project through a May 2010 Mini Grant.
A fotonovela is a comic strip that conveys a social message through pictures and text and is a very popular media form in Latino culture. “La Ropa Sucia” is geared to reach a generation of young Hispanic adults who are struggling to find their place in the United States. SCETV is very interested in telling the story of the immigrant experience in South Carolina, especially the experience of young people.
“La Ropa Sucia” will be promoted to teachers and media specialists from across the state and to statewide Hispanic groups like Hispanic Connections and Hispanic Outreach. To view the fotonovela, visit http://www.knowitall.org/laropasucia/index.html.
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