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!Continue reading “American Girl’s 2022 Girl of the Year is Asian! But she’s not the first”
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools Now Has Resources in Chinese!
My friends Esther Warkov and Joel Levin and their team at the nonprofit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS) have worked for many years to provide resources and advocacy on matters of sexual harassment, assault, and rape in K-12 schools. Now they’re pleased to provide several of their resources translated into Chinese!
Xinyi He (何心怡), a Rutgers University grad student and an Indiana University alumna, has been working as an intern for SSAIS, and she has done the marvelous work of rendering several of SSAIS’ publications into Simplified Chinese. She’s also written and created other Chinese-language and culturally-friendly resources for SSAIS, too! I’m delighted to share some of them here.Continue reading “Stop Sexual Assault in Schools Now Has Resources in Chinese!”
Where’s the Mug with My Name on It?
Some of you have never had to ask that question. You’ve never even for a moment considered how you have name privilege and that every gift shop, at every amusement park and tourist trap you’ve ever been to, has your name on some souvenir. Sometimes, it’s a mug; other times it’s a keychain. It could even be a fake mini-license plate for your bike. You, the name privileged, walk into a store, head confidently over to the display of personalized products, and expect to find your name represented.Continue reading “Where’s the Mug with My Name on It?”