Immigrant Generations, Media Representations and Audiences

deadline for submissions: 
May 4, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Omotayo Banjo
contact email: 
According to the Pew Research Center, foreign-born immigrants comprise about fourteen percent of the American population. Second-generation Americans (U.S. born children of immigrants) comprise about 12% of the population and is projected to increase to 18% in the next 30 years.  As a result, Schildrkraut (2007) argues that multiculturalism is a competing definition of Americanism as it “endorse[s] this notion that America’s unique identity is grounded in its immigrant legacy and in its ability to convert the challenges immigration brings into thriving strengths, pg. 600.” According to the Institute of immigration research report (2015), foreign-born immigrants comprise up to 11% of the entertainment industry with up to six percent representing producers and directors. Series like Master of NoneJane the Virgin, and films like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Crazy Rich Asians have emerged telling stories which resonate with the intergenerational and intercultural characteristics of American identity. Recently, the Hollywood Reporter initiated a video series hosted by Charlamagne Tha God titled “Emerging Hollywood”. This interview-platform show captures some new game players in Hollywood who engage American cultural politics from their ancestral perspective and as such offer a more nuanced view of what it is to be American. Entertainers and producers like Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act), Yvonne Oriji (Jesus and Joloff), Ali Wong (Fresh off the Boat), and Gina Yashere (Bob Hearts Abisola) unashamedly represent their (or their parent’s) ancestral land within their home country and engage this hybridity with ingenuity. Challenging Hollywood’s beliefs that White dominated narratives are universal, these new players demonstrate the story of immigrants and their children both resonates and presents an evolving definition of American identity. The aim of this anthology is to make room for scholarship which examines how immigrants and their U.S. born children use media to negotiate their American identity and how audiences engage with mediated narratives about the immigrant experience (i.e. cultural adjustments, language use etc). Submissions may include textual or audience analysis, survey or experimental methods. Texts of interest include film (mainstream and independent), television, web series, original series, books, online magazines, and music which speak to the first and second-generation experience. When applicable, the topics should engage to some extent questions of migration, diaspora and media and acculturation. Please contact the editor with any questions.    


1. Deadline for abstracts (approx. 300- 500-words excluding citations): May 4th, 2020

2. Include a cover page with all of the authors' contact information, key terms, and an abridged c.v. for each author

3. Submit proposals to Omotayo Banjo via email to with “First Gen Media” in the subject line.

4. Invitations to submit full manuscripts will be sent by May 11, 2020

5. If selected, a draft of your chapter submissions must be original works of at least 3000-6000 (estimate) words, references included. Chapter deadline: July 24, 2020