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Illustrated Comic Shows Why Claudia Kishi Was *The* 90′s Role Model For Asian American Girls

August 21st, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

One of the hard things about growing up Asian in this country is finding some semblance of yourself reflected in pop culture. I think things may have gotten better, but how much? It still seems like Asian kids today end up settling for “whoever’s Asian” on TV or in the movies or in a band rather than that totally rad person who seems like them–and who also happens to be Asian–who’s on TV or in the movies or in a band.

When I was a kid, pop culture role model pickings were slim. In fact, I had to improvise a little when it came to my choices. Probably the earliest role model I can remember having was–are you ready for this?–Marie Osmond, in doll form:

Alright, alright. You can stop laughing now. But seriously. There was a little part of me that believed–wanted to believe anyway–that Marie Osmond in doll form was Asian. (I had enough sense to know that Marie Osmond IRL wasn’t, in fact, Asian.) With her jet black hair, she was certainly more Asian than my Barbie. And instead of just standing around on her tiptoes all day long, she also rocked the mic! Even as a young girl, I understood the value of cool points.

Jump ahead a few years, a few long, sad, dry-spell years of having no one to look up to Continue reading Illustrated Comic Shows Why Claudia Kishi Was *The* 90′s Role Model For Asian American Girls

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It’s 2009, And A Black Barbie Is Finally "So In Style"

October 13th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Just 50 years after the launch of Barbie, 42 years after the introduction of Colored Francie, 41 years after the birth of Christie, and 6 months after a trampy-ass tattooed Barbie, Mattel has finally launched a Black Barbie that isn’t just their skinny white doll with darker skin, or part of a collectibles set.

“Color is so IN!”

Oh, Bravo. BRAVO. How expedient. How relevant.

Can’t wait to see the”Yellow Annie” series in thirty years. Should be real cause for celebrasian.

[AP: Mattel Adds Black Dolls To Barbie World]

Thanks, Chris!

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Gimme a D-O-L-L

September 29th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The Cowboys lost yesterday to the Redskins, putting a major damper on all the too-early-in-the-season-Super-Bowl-chatter. In related news, I learned this week that the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Barbie only comes in three flavors: vanilla (“Caucasian”), chocolate (“African-American”), and coffee (“Hispanic”). Is the first Cowboys loss of the season and this doll-item related? Probably not. (Dallas’ bullshit-secondary is the more likely culprit.)

But what the F is up with that, Big D? What about all those little Asian girls who want to grow up to be fake-breasted, skimpy outfit-wearing, dirty dancing-hobags, risking disownment and alienasian from their families? Who will they model themselves after?

Oh. Well, okay. Never mind.


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