entertainment

La Borinqueña Has A New Friend With A Chinese-Dominican Background

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has given Groot of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Puerto Rican roots and introduced the comic book world to Puerto Rican superhero “La Borinqueña.” Now, Miranda-Rodriguez is adding even more diversity to his comics by adding Lauren “La La” Liu, La Borinqueña’s best and oldest friend.

Miranda-Rodriguez is introducing Chinese-Dominican Lauren “La La” Liu in the first official “La Borinqueña” comic book.

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Miranda-Rodriguez said his personal experience inspired the creation of Liu. “I have Asian Latinx in my family. My wife is Korean-American and our baby boy is half Puerto Rican, or as I like to call him, a Koricua,” Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú. “My goddaughter is adopted from China and raised by Puerto Rican/Dominican/Filipino parents. Given this awareness of the diversity of our Latinx heritage, I wanted to acknowledge it in my comic book series. I also wanted to create a character that wasn’t a superhuman, but had the tenacity and cojones of a badass young woman from Washington Heights.”

La La Liu has already made an impact in the Asian-Latinx community, with people already cosplaying as the Puerto Rican superhero’s best friend.


“Online, many Asian Latinx have reached out to me thanking me for acknowledging their rich diverse heritage. One young woman from Washington State University, Tai Yang-Abreu, is actually Chinese-Dominican herself and dressed up as La La Liu this past Halloween,” Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú. “Even my friend Ming Chen (one of the hosts of “Comic Book Men”) saw this and said “‘You see? You’ve made it!'”

Liu is also catching the attention of major Asian Pacific American organizations.

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú he was asked to create an original comic book and art exhibition for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. “Now more than ever, given this week’s election, it’s important that we celebrate and defend our right to write and create stories about ourselves, our culture and our heroes. When our culture is being attacked, that is when we need to be more vigilant than ever. As artists, we have a responsibility to create art that inspires.”

Miranda-Rodriguez is excited about being a part of the exhibit because it made him give the character a proper backstory.

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

“They loved my work, my message, and asked me to be part of the show they were curating in New York City on November 12 and 13,” Miranda-Rodriguez said about the chance to join the exhibit. “This gave me an opportunity to give La La Liu a backstory as she gets to talk about her family leaving Barrio Chino in the Dominican Republic to come to Nueva York.”

So far, Miranda-Rodriguez says that his own goddaughter’s reaction to the new comic book is what excites him the most.

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

“My goddaughter Raisa Lin Garden-Lucerna, is a freshman at Goucher College. Her energy, activism and vernacular inspired me to create La La Liu,” Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú. “She jokingly refers to her close friend on campus as La Borinqueña. She read this comic book that I created for the Smithsonian Asian American Pacific Center and loved it. Having her tell me how much she enjoyed reading the story was inspiring for me.”

“What I love about writing La La Liu is how fearless and strong she is,” Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú.

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

“She has no super powers but isn’t afraid to defend herself. It’s important that we respect our mujeres and expect to be called out or knocked out when we step out of line,” Miranda-Rodriguez told mitú. “If we want real change to happen in America, we need to start with how we interact with each other. I write my characters with strength and tenacity, just like the real women that raised me and are still in my life. They don’t stand behind me; they stand beside me. Sometimes they lead and I gladly follow.”

Honestly, this is a pretty dope addition to the world of “La Borinqueña.”

Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
CREDIT: Courtesy of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

READ: ‘La Borinqueña’ Is The Afro-Latina Superhero The Comic Book World Has Been Missing

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Paid Promoted Stories

This Tweet Was Meant To Be Funny, But Mexico Isn't In A Laughing Mood These Days

things that matter

This Tweet Was Meant To Be Funny, But Mexico Isn’t In A Laughing Mood These Days

CREDIT: schecoperez / Instagram

Over the last several years, Sergio Pérez, 26, has continually proved himself to be one of the premier drivers in the racing world. Only the fifth Mexican to race for the prestigious Formula One racing, Pérez impressive record has gained the attention of countless fans and numerous, high-profile sponsors. However, Pérez decided to part ways with sunglasses sponsor, Hawkers, after they released a tweet he, and many other Mexicans, found offensive, ESPN reports. That tweet?

“Mexicans, put on these glasses so they can’t see your swollen/crying eyes tomorrow when building the wall.”

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-9-48-35-am
CREDIT: HAWKERS MX / TWITTER

In the wake of the election results, Hawkers – a company based out of Spain – tweeted out what was meant to be a joke (with a picture of sunglasses), but for many Mexicans, who actually fear the prospect of a Trump presidency, and are currently facing the collapse of the peso, the joke was in poor taste.

The “Hawkers Mx” Twitter account quickly deleted the tweet, but not before it escaped Sergio Pérez’s radar.

CREDIT: HAWKERSMX / TWITTER

Pérez was quick to reprimand “Hawkers” for their insensitive tweet.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-9-47-33-am
CREDIT: SERGIO PEREZ / TWITTER

Shortly after their tweet, Pérez dropped the sponsor, and told “Hawkers” that they would’t be allowed to sell his line of limited edition sunglasses – leaving them with about 20,000 unsaleable glasses. While some might see Pérez’s actions as an overreaction, it can’t be discounted that he lives in a Mexico that has been the political punching bag of a man who now controls one of the strongest militaries in the world. In a statement, Pérez clarified his stance, according to The Guardian:

“They are very sorry and I am very sorry, too. I know the owners and they have done incredibly well and the relationship was going to be very successful. But my country and people come first and I want to support them and won’t let anyone make fun of my country.”

Since the snafu, “Hawkers” has attempted to explain it was done as a joke, and not to taunt the people of Mexico.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-58-02-am
CREDIT: HAWKERS MX / TWITTER

This tweet from Hawkers tried to remind people that having the ability to laugh at yourself is one of great things about being Mexican. Right?

Customers were less than convinced.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-21-06-pm
CREDIT: JC_ABASKAL / TWITTER

Not everyone likes to laugh, apparently.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-22-00-pm
CREDIT: CHAKALVERGON / TWITTER

After the company received several angry tweets from their customers, Hawkers co-founder David Moreno apologized for the grief their tweet caused.

 CREDIT: HAWKERS MX / TWITTER

According to The Guardian, Sergio Pérez realizes that the tweet was the work of one man, not the entire company, but for Pérez, the damage had already been done, saying, “It is a shame that the brand pays for it. It is a mistake by one person and I am sure he regrets it now but that is how things are in life sometimes.”

READ: America’s Favorite Imported Beer From Mexico Facing Troubled Stock Market

Like this story? Click on the share button below to send to your friends.