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Justice League re-created as traditional Malaysian shadow puppets

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DC Superheroes re-imagined as traditional Malaysian Wayang Kulit shadow puppets by Fusion Wayang Kulit!

Called the DC Superhero Wayang Kulit Exhibition, Tintoy Chuo and his Fusion Wayang Kulit first came into prominence when they first performed Peperangan Bintang (the direct Malay translation for Star Wars) back in 2013.

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American Girl to introduce new Korean-American and Native Hawaiian Dolls

A Korean-American aspiring filmmaker and a Native Hawaiian who helps with the war effort during World War II are among the new dolls American Girl is set to release this year.

American Girl announced the introduction of the new dolls along with the news that the company will be releasing its first male doll on Wednesday. A new African-American doll, Gabriela McBride, has been available in stores since January.

The new Korean-American American Girl is named Z. Yang.
A Korean American, Z. Yang is described as a creative aspiring filmmaker. American Girl

Since American Girl characters and stories help build self-confidence, inspire creativity, and give girls a broader understanding of the world—we now have even more for parents like you to love too,” the company said in a statement.

Z. Yang, the new Korean-American character, is described as a “an imaginative filmmaker” who uses her creative talents to connect with the people around her. “Her stories remind girls that everyone has a unique perspective to share—even if it’s not perfect,” the site reads. She is expected to be released this spring.

Yang is the company’s first Asian-American doll since Ivy Ling was retired by the company in 2014.

Set for a fall release is Nanea Mitchell, a Native Hawaiian girl growing up during World War II in what was then a U.S. territory. “Nanea’s stories teach girls that kokua—doing good deeds and giving selflessly—sometimes require sacrifice,” American Girl writes on its site.

Nanea Mitchell, the new Native Hawaiian American Girl doll.
Nanea Mitchell learns the importance of generosity and sacrifice throughout her stories. 

 

According to American Girl, the new dolls are a direct response to requests from parents and children for more diverse stories.

We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents,” Julie Parks, a spokesperson for American Girl, told TODAY.

The one thing we’ve heard loud and clear is a desire for more — specifically more characters and stories from today — with more experiences, more diversity, and more interests.”

Hello Kitty makes her 10th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance

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Hello Kitty  first appeared in 2007 and has been in it since.

Supercute Appearance

  • 81st (November 22, 2007)
  • 82nd (November 27, 2008)
  • 83rd (November 26, 2009)
  • 84th (November 25, 2010)
  • 85th (November 24, 2011)

Airplane Appearance

  • 86th (November 22, 2012)
  • 87th (November 28, 2013)
  • 88th (November 27, 2014)
  • 89th (November 26, 2015)
  • 90th (November 24, 2016) (TODAY!)
  • 91st (November 23, 2017) (Coming Soon)

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Hello Kitty Airplane balloon (2012-2016)

J-pop singer Utada Hikaru releases first album in 8 years and a new Kingdom Hearts song!

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RocketNews 24 (by Michelle Hughes):

Calling all Kingdom Hearts and Evangelion fans!!!

If there’s one J-pop singer that people outside of Japan might be familiar with, it’s undoubtedly Utada Hikaru. A New Yorker who’s been making music primarily in Japan since 1996, Utada’s jams have been adding atmosphere and emotional weight to Japanese people’s playlists since before playlists were a thing. Millions of people outside of Japan got their first taste of what some call “pop music genius” when unanticipated tears began rolling down their cheeks as Sora and Kairi were torn apart once again to the sounds of “Simple and Clean” at the end of the first Kingdom Hearts game. (Proof positive: I just looked up a video on YouTube of the end scenes of Kingdom Hearts and pretty much immediately started crying!) That connection was reinforced for video gamers when she contributed the song “Sanctuary” (aka Passion”) to Kingdom Hearts II.

The news surrounding the release of a new album isn’t the only thing to get super hyped about. A new installment of the Kingdom Hearts series is scheduled for release in January 2017 and a new remix of the orignal tear-jerker “Simple and Clean” (“Hikari“) along with it.