Monday, January 30, 2012

Asian American Dolls

And I mean real dolls -- not calling Asian American girls and women dolls, which is completely yuck. And now weird guys with an Asian fetish are going to come to my blog.  Sigh.

At the Jade Luck Club blog, the best dolls for Asian American/Pacific Islander girls. The blogger is surprised by all the dolls available, because there weren't many when she was a child:

In browsing all the doll choices at Amazon labeled Asian, I was struck by the multitude of Asian baby dolls. These did not exist when I was little. I wonder if this market niche will continue to grow as the Asian market overseas has more purchasing power. I was also surprised by the specificity of the dolls: Asian baby with Down’s Syndrome (?!) and also Tipi from Laos. Interesting, huh? What do you think of all these choices? And, do your kids have a favorite doll? Please share!

So go add to her list! Our most recent Asian doll purchase was a porcelain doll.  I don't know why, but Zoe has become very interested in porcelain dolls. She's always loved dolls (Maya is more into stuffed animals), and at age 11 still loves to play with her baby dolls.

Once when we were looking at dolls she mused, "I wish there was a porcelain doll with dark hair and a panda!" Ding ding ding!  I knew I'd seen one on some website somewhere.  Didn't track it down again in time for Christmas, but got it for her anyway! Here it is, one of Zoe's new favorites:


Mahmee said...

Here, we find Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American dolls in the stores, but, rarely Asian dolls. Unless...they are part of a series of dolls such as Disney. 5 years, and it hasn't improved much. It's frustrating. I always end up ordering things online. At least there is that.
Part of our online finds include the American Girl Ivy doll (R's favorite doll), a cabbage patch Asian baby doll, multi-racial paper dolls, and a talking Ling doll. A blogger friend sent us a Snap n Style Linh doll (which R loves) after I went on a blogger tirade about the lack of Asian dolls in the stores. I have a Barbie-esque Asian doll we bought in China that I was going to give her this year. However, she received 2 Barbie dolls at her birthday party which she hasn't even looked at twice so, I'm holding off. This doll is the last thing left we have from our China trip to give to her. I wish I had bought more. Regrets, regrets.

Truly Blessed said...

My daughter (age 6) got this one for Christmas:

JadeLuckClub said...

Thanks so much for the shout out about my post! I really appreciate it!

It is great, I think, for Asian girls to find a doll with some resemblance and I hope you find your perfect doll for your child or friend from the post!

Anonymous said...

Here are two at China Sprout's website that I think are really cute:

Corolle "Lou"

Corolle "Dolly Licorice"

Alas, my daughter is more into stuffed animals. She has several dolls but they definitely get less love than the stuffies!

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