Mixed.Up.Mama is a blog primarily a resource for parents based in the UK. But since there is so much material on this subject in the US, I will often post resources from there.
This is from a blogger called Hyphen America based in the States who posted about the growing Asian representation in American kids programming. Please do read her full blog post.
This particular show she highlighted caught my attention specifically because I think we lack East Asian representation here in the UK, particularly for tweens and teens out of the toddler phase.
“Make It Pop! made its debut on Nickelodeon back in April. It’s a completely over-the-top saga heavily inspired by K-pop music and K-dramas about three girls in a boarding school who become best friends and decide to start a band. Basically, all the right elements to instantly reel in my daughter. More than that, the show is centered on three Asian American (mixed) girls (played by Megan Lee, Louriza Tronco, and Erika Tham), and somehow manages to not rely on overdone stereotypes. While some tired tropes do occasionally pop up on the show — for example, Corki is a whiz kid whose dad is a billionaire businessman in Beijing and tiger parents her via FaceTime throughout the season — Sun Hi, Jodee, and Corki are still fully-formed characters, and I never once got the feeling that the tiger dad character was being played as a shtick. In fact, as the characters in Make It Pop! broke barriers as three normal American teenage girls, tiger dad was one thing that felt really familiar.”
I’ve not had a chance to see it myself as my kids are much younger but if you do have access to Nickledeon, check it out and let me know what you think!
Read her full post at: Hyphen