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Asian American girls in the ’80s and ’90s idolized Claudia and felt seen in teen fiction.

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

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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