“The Claudia Kishi Club” is meant to feel like a sleepover with your best friends.
The short documentary features a range of Asian American creators discussing their love for the titular Claudia Kishi, a character from the book series “The Baby-Sitters Club” and one of the few Asian American pop culture representations from the ’80s and ’90s.
She said Claudia went against many prevalent Asian American stereotypes – she didn’t enjoy school, loved creating art and wore daring, stylish outfits.
For Ding, Claudia was the role model she had been looking for and was unable to find anywhere else in media.
While the film is indeed a celebration of Claudia, Ding said she also hopes it helps people reflect on the importance of representation.