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UNI to host creator of 'Angry Little Asian Girl' comic

April 1, 2014
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Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250, tabatha.cruz@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cartoonist Lela Lee will present and discuss her cartoon "Angry Little Asian Girl" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The cartoon follows the adventures of Kim, a 6-year-old Korean American who is as sharp and witty as she is adorable. It also explores race and gender issues through a humorous lens.

"The CME is very excited about Lela Lee's visit to UNI. She brings a fun and fresh perspective when it comes to the discussion of race, feminism and cultural expectations," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME. "College is an important time for students to start learning about and discussing the intersection of their various identities. I hope that our participants will learn about utilizing storytelling and art as a positive outlet in which to start the dialogue."

"Angry Little Asian Girl" will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. Lee created the comic in 1994 as a student at the University of California, Berkeley. The cartoon has since become wildly popular and has developed into a full-blown empire. The "Angry Little Asian Girl" TV show will debut this summer on Mnet, an Asian American cable channel.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or tabatha.cruz@uni.edu.