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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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Who’s Your Doppelgänger?

January 29th, 2010 | 13 comments | Posted by Jen

It’s Doppelgänger Week on Facebook, a meme created by one Bob Patel–an Indian Tom Selleck-lookalike who I’m not convinced is real–and unlike so many Facebook memes, this one you might actually want to participate in, probably because it doesn’t involve divulging embarrassing, oversharesky details from your life to so-called “friends” who, alas, really don’t give a shit.

The idea is simple: replace your profile pic with one of your celebrity doppelgänger. And don’t be a party poop and be like, “I don’t have a doppelgänger, bah humbug” or “I’m Asian, I can only be Bruce Lee.” Facebook hasn’t been this much dumb fun since before my your mother joined, trust.

Here are our lookalikes:

Side-Pony Sistas

Chicks of a certain age will recognize my doppelgänger’s Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club. And yes, I’m aware she isn’t real, but oh how I wish she were, mostly so I could raid her closet and Single Yellow Female her much talked about style.

Then there’s Diana’s doppelgänger, transcending racial boundaries:

Di-e-sha!!!

WEIRD, right?

So who’s your doppelgänger? Tell us in the comments section. Don’t stop there…make it your avatar.

[HuffPo: Interview with Bob Patel, Creator of "Doppelganger Week" on Facebook]

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Claudia Kishi, Fashionistasian

April 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We were recently turned on to What Claudia Wore, a paean to the smart, sartorial stylings of fictional character Claudia Kishi, from the children’s book series The Baby-Sitters Club. Wikipedia describes the Japanese-American teen as someone who comes from a “scholarly, conservative family” (sounds about right) and is “particularly bad at spelling” (hmmm…). WCW’s author Alex points out time after time how very “now” Claud’s fashion choices are–from leggings to vests to rakish hats to oversized tops–and we couldn’t agree more:

PHANTOM CALLER: (breathy) What are you wearing?

CLAUDIA: I’m wearing an oversized chambray button-down, a Navajo-striped vest, and a bitchin’ side pony. I’m also armed with pepper-spray, asshole.

CLAUDIA: Black tights and knee-high boots for spring? Sure. Mochi ice cream, anyone, before we get this blowjob party started?

NEW GIRL: Claudia, please, tell me what you think of my outfit.

CLAUDIA: Keep the Timberlands. Burn everything else.

MEAN JANINE: What are you doing with your life, Claudia? All you think about is clothes, clothes, clothes. What about your grades? How are you going to get into an Ivy League school when you’ve failed the seventh grade? Don’t you want to be successful like me?

CLAUDIA: Dude. Four-eyes. Chillax. Don’t you know how much that bob haircut ages you? You look like Mom after she squeezed us out, stopped having sex with Dad, and started hording the Rocky Road ice cream all to herself. Your outfit’s halfway to Sexy Secretary, but you might consider throwing on a big Alaia corset belt if you wanna get past second base. (beat) Can I borrow that high-waisted skirt when you’re done with it?

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