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Aileen Fang

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How 90s Disney Channel Shows Shaped My Asian Identity

Growing up in the 90s meant watching shows like “Lizzie McGuire”, “That’s So Raven” and “Hannah Montana”. As a second-generation immigrant, these shows weren’t purely entertainment for me. They were a portal into Western society.

I watched the characters throughout their coming of age stories and soaked up values such as the importance of friendship, kindness and hope. At the same time, I was learning how to dress, talk and act like an American teen. I discovered denim skirts, jelly bangles and how to rebel against my parents.