So, my fellow Kpop enthusiasts, let me tell you a little story and confess to you a little secret.
The other night I turned on the radio, completely at random, and caught this cutie performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1 at the Albert Hall - part of the BBC Proms, a huge annual musical event. His name is Haochen Zhang (张昊辰) and he’s just 23 years old. The audience went crazy for him, and demanded and got an encore.
As I was drifting off, I found myself cheering for him too - and wondering whether he was good-looking. And then it hit me: you racist old cow! Just because he’s Asian! You Yellow Fever-addled paedonoona, this is Yuzuru Hanyu all over again!
And then I thought about it a little more. A virtuoso pianist, an Olympic ice skater, and all my lovely Kpop idols… what do these youths share besides being Asian? Was there some other connection my brain was making? They’re all young. They’re all brilliant, at the top of their fields, famous and adored.
And most of all, I want to cheer them on. I love that they’re succeeding after a ton of hard work. I’ve never been a sports fan or anything like that - this whole ball game, so to speak, is new to me.
I’ve cheered on fellow writers. Performance in front of an audience couldn’t be more different than the slow and solitary process of writing, but both take incredible time and patience and effort. So maybe, in cheering these youngsters on, I’m cheering for myself.
(And then, of course, he did turn out to be good-looking. *headdesk*)
(Reblogged from the side blog where I keep the boys. Kpop fans are a bit prone to fetishing Asian people and culture, so IMHO we need to talk about it.)