I am thrilled that Gene Luen Yang has won the 2007 Printz Award. Well deserved! Congratulations! (And congratulations to all the other book award winners, too! )
So now I need to take time to complain. This is one of those little things that I do not often think about because I am busy with kids and work, but when I do, it really gets me more and more annoyed.
The American Girl catalog arrives routinely in my mailbox. I have no idea why it started coming years ago. I have three boys. But it did, and I have actually bought stuff for the daughters of others and for myself some years back. Remember those Mini rooms? I have a fifties style diner and a fifties style "apartment." They made them about a year or so, then stopped.
Anyway, since I have been getting their catalog for years now, I have watched them include new dolls from different ethnic backgrounds. It is nice to see dolls and stories for other than blonde, blue-eyed little girls. BUT--I have this to say:
HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO BE BEFORE YOU HAVE THE SENSE TO CREATE A STORY AND DOLL BASED ON AN ASIAN CHARACTER?
My oldest son is Korean. If he had been a girl I would have been pretty annoyed to NOT be able to at least see some sort of story and character based on an Asian character. I realize that there are MANY stories that could be told. Perhaps too many to choose from, you say? I do not care. Get with it. Pick at least one story and tell it. Korean Amercian ? Chinese Amercian? Japanese Amercian? Vietnamese? Cambodian? Better yet, pick two. It think it is terrible that they have not figured it out yet. Yet it seems they just introduced yet another Caucasian doll.
So I am hoping that with Gene Luen Yang winning the 2007 Printz award for Amercian Born Chinese, that somebody will figure it out at that company. There are many Asian Americans with stories worth telling. What is taking you so long to figure that out, American Girl?
Until they do, I am NOT buying any more American Girl gifts for anyone. Nada. Zip. Zero. Period.