Anthropologist/Hello Kitty scholar Christine R. Yano, has studied the phenomenon surrounding the popular character for years. Yano is also helping curate Los Angeles's upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum.
The "one correction Sanrio made" for the show: "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."
Hello Kitty was created with a life story. Her full name is Kitty White and she is a Scorpio who adores apple pie.
"She has a twin sister. She's a perpetual third-grader. She lives outside of London. I could go on. A lot of people don't know the story and a lot don't care. But it's interesting because Hello Kitty emerged in the 1970s, when the Japanese and Japanese women were into Britain."