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Global Television Formats by Sharon Shahaf, Tasha Oren

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INTERPRETING CUBANNESS,AMERICANNESS, AND THESITCOM

WPBT-PBS's ¿Qué pasa U.S.A.?(1975–1980)

Yeidy M. Rivero

I was about 10 or 11 years old when I, together with my parents, religiously tuned in weekly to the situation comedy ¿Qué pasa U.S.A.? While I do not recall the specific year the show aired in Puerto Rico, I do remember that it was broadcast on WIPR-Channel 6, the island's public television station. Watching one of my favorite sitcoms on what I then considered the boring channel was rather odd. However, I never thought it strange that the Peñas, ¿Qué pasa U.S.A.?’s working-class three-generation Cuban/Cuban-American family, resided in Miami or that some of the characters communicated bilingually in English and Spanish. For me, ¿Qué pasa ...

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