How Claudia Kishi Inspired A Generation Of Asian American Writers — Bustle

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— by Susan Cheng: Gale Galligan had to do a double take the first time she encountered Claudia Kishi in the pages of The Baby-Sitters Club series. Claudia — a Japanese American teen, who’s known for being the artsiest and wildest dresser among the group of fictional teens whose lives are chronicled in the books — instantly captivated Galligan, a multiracial Thai American. In all her years of reading, she’d never come across an Asian American character, much less one so artistic and aspirational. “I had to flip back the first time I realized, ‘Wait a second, she’s not white!’” recalled Galligan, who’s now the illustrator behind the graphic novel adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s popular young adult series…

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May 23, 2019

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