Why ABC Chose A Latino 'Bachelor'

Jan 14, 2014 | Updated Jan 23, 2014
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Each season of the ABC network’s Bachelor franchise begins with the promise of love, drama and other ingredients for successful reality programming. When this season’s new bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, was introduced, a new discussion entered the social media and blogosphere universe: “What is he?” Galavis’ name and Venezuelan nationality offered an answer: He’s Latino. Yet his complexion and coloring sparked a debate about just how Latino he truly is.

The conversation on Galavis unveils some sensitive pillars of multicultural identity: How race and color intertwine into culture and how self-defined Latinos continue to evolve in what defines Latino culture.

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