The Mixed-Race Fantasy Behind Kawaii Aesthetics
Toward my “Japanese Barbie,” I felt mostly indifferent.
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Erica Kanesaka is a writer and scholar specializing in Asian American literature and culture, with a focus on the racial and sexual politics of kawaii and cuteness. Her work has appeared in Public Books, Avidly: Los Angeles Review of Books, and Ms. Magazine among other places. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Emory University.
Link to website: ericakanesaka.com
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