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'Asian Girl': Comic Strip of a Different Stripe
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Stereotypes; Cartoons; Asian Americans
Author: Noguchi, Irene
Date: Aug 27, 2001
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

From her only animated video, "Angry Little Asian Girl," [Lela Lee] started drawing the strip and launched www.angrylittleasiangirl.com in 1998. Soon she gave [Kim] a whole posse of friends: Deborah the Disenchanted Princess, Maria the Crazy Little Latina, Xyla the Gloomy Girl, Wanda the Fresh Little Soul Sistah, and Pat (a boy).

She had the Web site. So why not T-shirts? She came up with a few designs -- one with Kim giving the finger with both hands and the title "Angry Little Asian Girl," another with the entire gang labeled "Angry Little Girls." She linked up with a distributor in Canby, Ore., and started selling around 30 each week at $15 a pop. By now, Lee says excitedly, friends have even reported flashes of Angry fabric as far away as Boston and Atlanta.

In Kim's cartoon world, it's tough being an Asian American girl. She's the only one in her classroom, and a pretty blond girl gets most of the attention. Lee says she throws a lot of the angst from her own childhood into Kim's sandbox.

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