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For those reasons and more, Asian American girls in the `80s and ’90s idolized Claudia and felt seen in teen fiction.

“I want the vibe of the film to be you’re at a `Baby-Sitters Club’ sleepover with your closest friends and you’re reminiscing,” Ding said.

With 180 million copies in print worldwide, “The Baby-Sitters Club” books were a juggernaut during their 1986-2000 run.

It may seem odd that a white female author created an Asian American icon, but the `80s weren’t exactly conducive to Asian American writers.

A combination of little encouragement from Asian American parents and the publishing industry contributed to that, Dahlen believes.

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