Alijah Rivera addresses the need for progressive plot lines while using the animated series, "The Legend of Korra", as his primary example. In doing so, Alijah explores the range of intersecting identities represented in the cast and their impact on the show's individual viewers as well as society as a whole.
Alijah Rivera is a third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is double-majoring in Communication and Global Studies. During his time at UCSB, his search to understand his own personal identities has led to a wider interest in Asian/Pacific Islander histories and issues. This, in turn, inspired him to explore intercultural communication and enculturation through the media. Outside of the classroom, he is a boba connoisseur fluent in the nuances of memes and gif's and often finds himself emotionally invested in fictional characters.
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