Karen Chau

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Karen Chau
Born Karen Kai-Lan Chau
1978 (age 38–39)
United States
Residence Los Angeles
Other names Kai-Lan Chau
Alma mater University of California, Irvine
Occupation artist
Years active 2004–present
Known for Ni Hao, Kai-Lan

Karen Chau (born 1978) is an American artist and creator of the children's television series Ni Hao, Kai-Lan for Nickelodeon TV. Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is based on the childhood memories of Chau, growing up in a bicultural (Chinese-American) household. Her childhood as an American-born Chinese included several years in Plano, Texas, before her family settled in Los Angeles.[1]"Ni Hao, Kai-Lan" series was nominated for an Emmy award in spring 2010.[2]

Chau graduated with a degree in digital art from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000. She is also a painter and sculptor whose 2D and 3D work was shown for the first time in New York City in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Michael Davis, "Cartoons With Heart ... and a Little Mandarin", New York Times, April 15, 2007
  2. ^ Karl Paloucek, "Which Kid Shows Really Deserve an Emmy", Channel Guide, May 14, 2010
  3. ^ "Teaser: Karen Chau @ Sloan Fine Art". ArrestedMotion. Retrieved September 23, 2015.