American Girl’s 2022 Girl of the Year is Asian! But she’s not the first

Let’s celebrate – American Girl’s 2022 Girl of the Year doll is Corrine Tan, a Chinese American character hailing from Colorado! She also comes with a “little sister” doll, Gwynn, the first time American Girl (hereafter AG) has packaged a Girl of the Year with a sibling. Neither my daughters nor I have read the Corrine books yet, but reportedly, Corrine explores her Asian heritage as part of her storyline, and she even has to deal with anti-Asian prejudice on some level. And AG tapped none other than Wendy Shang, author of the popular middle grade novel The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, to pen the Corrine stories. Big thanks to AG and its parent company Mattel!

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The CW’s “Kung Fu” Powerfully Addresses Sexual Assault

SPOILER ALERT: Major spoilers for the fourth episode of Kung Fu (the CW version) lie beyond the period at the end of this sentence.

TW: Gender-based violence.

We interrupt the grading of junior high math tests (60 down, 40 to go) to share some reflections on a remarkable scene at the end of “Hand,” the fourth episode in the new Kung Fu series.

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What My Asian Sisters Say

Some of the language in this post is gut-level honest and may not be appropriate for younger children.

It has been a terrible day in Asian America, as so many of us feel the enormous weight of the news out of the Atlanta area. You’ve likely already heard about it, too – the mass murder of eight precious human beings, six of them Asian women.

I’ve especially felt moved by the outpouring of grief and anger from Asian American women. Because while these killings impact every Asian American, it’s Asian American women who feel the horror most viscerally. It’s almost so obvious that we might miss it – these weren’t just acts of racialized hate, but they were particularly directed at Asian women.

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