American Girl has rolled out the latest addition to its family: Suzie Yang, a Korean American vlogger and filmmaker.
Yang is the brand’s first Asian-American doll since 2014, when American Girl made the controversial decision to “archive” Ivy Ling, a Chinese-American girl from San Francisco.
American Girl has begun to take measured steps toward diversity again. In 2016, American Girl introduced Melody Ellison, an African-American doll, as part of its “BeForever” collection of historical dolls.
A Native Hawaiian doll named Nanea Mitchell will join Suzie and Melody later this year, Fusionreported. Read more (5/2/17)
Finally, the fourth floor, where you can customize your own American Girl doll to look just like you (just like Hitler would have wanted), plus, The American Girl Cafe. The Cafe is truly the piece de resistance in that you cannot get in without a reservation (I have tried) and you cannot convince the waitstaff that you don’t want to sit at the table with a doll because you’re alone and don’t want to scare the kids (I have tried). Logan and I breeze in as scheduled and begin the three-course meal with mimosas, because you had better believe that the American Girl Cafe has a suspiciously expansive alcohol menu. Logan is accommodated with a stately high chair, a tiny plate, and a mug full of lemonade, and I feed him appetizers sparingly because he needs to watch it, not that I’m body shaming him, but he needs to watch it.
There is no greater feeling in the world than saying “I’ll have the salmon” at American Girl Place.
I thought about the Manson family, driving around with blood on their hands, and how in Hollywood, you couldn’t tell the killers from the actors. If there was a stranger place on earth, I didn’t know where.