Before I start, a big thank you to @phoenixli67 on Twitter for recommending this! Ok so after listening to this song I realized that I never really thought twice about Asian stereotypes or even considered Asians a minority even though I knew they were classified as so. In my eyes I always considered Asians smart,successful and to be brutally honest the more exotic counterparts to Caucasians. I never batted a lash when I thought “oh that cleaners or that nail salon is probably owned by Asians” because 9 times out of 10 they are. Obviously I get stereotyping is wrong which is why I personally try my best to not do it, or if I catch myself starting to I quickly change direction, but this song kinda made me go “WTH?!?!”
Asians rappers Decipher and Manifest talk about the nonsense Asians have to put up with as far as all the stereotypes of them are concerned in their song ‘Angry Asian Man’. Nothing wrong with that except the comparison to slaves. Look I am honestly the first person who will say slavery ended a long time ago, lets move beyond it and advance; but at the same time I know how devastating it was and it left lasting affects we can clearly still see today. But I’m not understanding how years of Asian stereotyping is equivalent in anyway to slavery.
Maybe I’m missing something and if I am feel free to call me out on it, but think about this. Asian people are stereotyped as being smart, successful ,business owners which call me crazy but those are good things compared to the horrible stereotyping black people deal with on a daily basis. Now you mean to tell me you’re complaining in your rap about other people having high expectations of you? You’re actually looking at the camera saying Asians are the new slaves with dry cleaning similar to picking cotton!??!
Am I wrong to say I feel they went to far with trying to make a point? Watch the MV for yourselves and let me know your thoughts.
K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio: JYJ ‘Empty’)
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