Constructing the Tago ng Tago: Examining the Intersections of Undocumented Filipinos, Neoliberalism, and Immigration Policy in Network Television

Constructing the Tago ng Tago: Examining the Intersections of Undocumented Filipinos, Neoliberalism, and Immigration Policy in Network Television

AJ Ryan is the recipient of the Women and Gender Studies 2024 Outstanding Thesis Award. This thesis examines a nine-year precedence of undocumented Filipinos in broadcast network television. Looking at three characters, Mateo Liwanag of NBC’s Superstore, in addition to Thony and Fiona De La Rosa from Fox’s The Cleaning Lady. This thesis analyzes the place of undocumented Filipinos in popular culture and their ability to affect audience perceptions of current neoliberal immigration policy.