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Corrine Tan doll named American Girl Doll of Year

American Girl this morning named Chinese American Corrine Tan as its American Girl Doll of the Year.

The company made the announcement Thursday morning on Good Morning America.

In its announcement American Girl stated “Growing up with her Chinese American family in Aspen, Colorado, Corinne loves hitting the slopes, being a big sister, and training her new puppy to be a search-and-rescue dog. 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. 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.”

A committee of five including many Asian Americans helped the company develop Corrine.

The five included:

  • Lori Spence: Ski patrol director at Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol and avalanche dog trainer
  • Professor William Wei: Colorado State Historian and professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Professor Jennifer Ho: Professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, president of the Association of American Studies, and an anti-Asian racism expert
  • Greta Gessele: Certified figure skating coach who started skating competitively at the age of six and an Aspen native with deep local knowledge
  • Angela Liu: American Girl digital marketing manager and diversity task force member
American Girl Photo. Corrine Tan with her little sister, Gwynn

Good Morning America also reported that author Wendy Wan-Long Shang assisted in putting Tan’s story into the written word.

“What I really hope is that there is some part of Corinne’s story that makes readers feel seen, whether it’s because they are Asian American, or because they’re part of a blended family, or because they love skiing,” Shang said. “I think when readers feel seen, they realize that they matter and their experiences matter and that they are meant to be the stars of their own stories!”

American Girl today also announced a donation of $25,000 to AAPI Youth Rising, a student group bringing awareness to Anti-Asian hate.

Mina, an eighth-grader founded the group.

“Representation means everything,” said Mina. “This means everything to see an Asian American Girl of the year. I really relate to Corrine’s story and so do a lot of our members because she’s courageous and speaks out about issues important to her.”

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