Stumbling upon some shocking news, I had to figure out if this was true.
Hello Kitty, the biggest cultural phenomenon that took form as a character on a coin purse in Japan 1974. This fall, she is set to take L.A. by storm, with a full-blown retrospective of Kitty art, merch and fashion at the Japanese American National Museum, which opens in mid-October. Two weeks later, the first ever Hello Kitty Con, will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
But we know so little about this Kitty, until Christine R. Yano – an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard) who has spent years studying the phenomenon that is Hello Kitty revealed that – HELLO KITTY IS NOT A CAT!