🗣️ Calling all #TheBabySittersClub
fans! A #documentary
seeks to take a deeper look at one of the few trailblazing #AsianAmerican
characters in #youngadult
books. “The Claudia Kishi Club,” directed by filmmaker @suedujour
Sue Ding, delves into the legacy of #JapaneseAmerican
art-loving, boy-crazy “Baby-Sitters Club” member #ClaudiaKishi
for the project ends Wednesday and had reached more than $11,000 of its $15,000 goal as of Monday afternoon. ☄
For Asian-Americans who grew up with few role models who looked like themselves, the character reflected a new kind of Asian girl beyond the tropes that were regularly seen in mainstream media. Ding explained that “just being able to see an Asian-American girl who was normal” was tremendously significant for kids growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, and that’s exactly what she’s set out to explore with her documentary. ☄
“Her Japanese culture was alluded to in the books ... I think they did a good job of trying to reflect that, but she wasn’t defined by her race,” the filmmaker told @huffpost.
“She was defined by being the fashionable one, by being boy crazy. She was a normal teenage girl who had a personality outside of just being Asian.” The documentary includes commentary from creatives including blogger Phil Yu (aka “Angry Asian Man”) and young-adult authors C.B. Lee and Sarah Kuhn, who’ve all felt profoundly influenced by the character. ☄
Yu has even created a series of alternative “Baby-Sitters Club” book covers that better reflect what Kishi’s experience as one of the few Asians in town would’ve looked like. “Claudia was definitely one of the first times I saw myself in a story ― especially centered in a story,” Kuhn says in the documentary trailer. ☄
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! Who's excited?!