03. 07. 2006
Asian Doll Roundup
My kid is half asian/ half white, though I can objectively say that she looks nothing like me and looks 95% white (except when she's sleeping). I've been thinking about getting her a doll - a real doll and not just a plush toy - because she's shown some interest, but I want to get her an Asian doll (maybe to make myself feel better, I don't know, blah blah). So here's a roundup of some Asian dolls that I've found. Of course there are more out there, but I didn't find the search too inspiring as you'll see why.
Fisher Price, you disappoint me! This doll looks as much Asian as my kid, except more Hispanic.
Here's one not so Asian looking doll from the Alexander Doll Company. I think the 1 user review says it all - "I'm glad that this doll has normal eyes. There are many Asians with large eyes like this doll. Not bitty eyes! This doll looks normal and very pretty". Uh, thanks.
Okay, definitely more asian looking (pretty good actually), but Mini Calin looks too much like an Asian grandmother with hunched shoulders. Kinda creepy.
Uh, no. Asian Dress Up Doll does not deserve a comment.
Okay, first of all, have you ever been to the Newborn Nursery at FAO Schwartz? They set it up like a real nursery with dolls all lined up in hospital bassinets and there's a nurse in uniform "caring" for the newborns. You get to choose from an impressive array of skintones, expressions, eye and hair color, and you can adopt the baby with brith certificate and much fanfare. The whole thing was weirdly realistic in a bizarro world kind of way. But back to their Asian version. I think this doll looka more Hispanic, which is not particularly wrong considering that many half Asians do get mistaken for Hispanic. But as far as 100% Asian goes, not so good.
Buddha, is that you?
This one, called Asian Kim (maybe she's supposed to be Korean) is okay, but still pretty caucasian looking. People! Thick, glossy black hair does not automatically make you look Asian! See Asian Dress Up Doll above.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Adorable! Perfect! Realistically Asian looking! We have a winner at $24.99 from Salvador Berenguer.
Sometimes, however, simple is best. Asian Love from Live and Learn.