Not to be overly dramatic, but I would die to protect Claudia Kishi, the fictional Asian-American cool kid from The Baby-Sitters Club reboot on Netflix.
“As an Asian fan, usually the Asian character or woman of color character is the one you feel like you have to be, right?
So if you’re playing Harry Potter, you have to be Cho Chang,” explains Asian American writer Sarah Kuhn in The Claudia Kishi Club, the short documentary Netflix released following The Baby-Sitters Club.
“I love that delight we can take in those little details, where it’s not just, ‘Oh Claudia is Asian American,'” says Professor Kim.
It’s a painful coming-of-age conundrum I know too well, having struggled to find myself growing up Asian American.