American Girl Reveals Its First Chinese American Doll Of The Year

  • American Girl unveiled its first Chinese American “Girl of the Year” doll named Corrine Tan.
  • The move was done in response to anti-Asian racism.
  • The Mattel doll company also announced a partnership with the student-led nonprofit AAPI Youth Rising to “help amplify young voices” like Corrine’s.

 

 

American Girl has revealed its first ever “Girl of the Year” of Chinese descent as advocates call for more steps to combat an increase in anti-Asian hate incidents that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 10,300 hate incidents against Asian Americans have been reported between March 19, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021, according to Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks the incidents.

The Mattel-owned company announced in late December the new doll’s name is Corrine Tan, and she loves hitting the slopes, being a big sister and training her puppy to be a rescue dog in her hometown of Aspen, Colo.

 

 

“Although surefooted and brave on the mountain, Corinne must find her balance as she adjusts to her new blended family and the courage to speak up when faced with xenophobic comments,” the company said in a statement.

“Through Corinne’s stories, young readers learn that home means being surrounded by the people they love and to be proud of who they are, while advocating for positive change.”

The doll company also announced earlier this year a new partnership with the student-led nonprofit AAPI Youth Rising in order to help “amplify young voices like Corinne’s.”

As part of the partnership, American Girl has promised to donate $25,000 to the organization’s ONE/180 pledge, which asks schools and teachers across the country to offer at least one classroom lesson about Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture a year.

“As we celebrate the new year, we’re excited to welcome Corinne and Gwynn Tan to our popular Girl of the Year lineup with meaningful stories that reflects what it means to be an American girl today,” Jamie Cygielman, general manager of American Girl, said in a statement.

“While filled with outdoor adventure and fun, Corinne’s message is, ultimately, about the power of love—between families, friends, and communities—and the strength and courage that comes from it. We created Corinne to be a positive role model our fans can look up to and learn from as we all work toward a world where everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”

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