I’m a writer in my late 20s, trying to figure out love, life, and how to get the most out of my MA in Literature. I love research and, no joke, analyzing the heck out of every single piece of media I consume – so expect a lot of that here.
I’ve got an an opinion on basically everything. If you like strong opinions, candid talk about mental/physical health and trauma, and the occasional ode to fictional characters, then you’ll probably love me.
And if you don’t… oh well!
This blog focuses on analysis of nerdy media, book reviews, and lots of commentary about race in fandom and the source media that spawns our favorite fandoms.
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Tag Archives: K-Pop
Imagine having the nerve to tell Black fans to “go listen to rap” because – in this case – you were frustrated by yet another conversation about cultural appropriation in the K-pop industry. Continue reading
Jinjja Cha is a weekly podcast hosted by Girl Davis and April about South Korean Pop Culture and everything else in between. You can find them on: Soundcloud Twitter April’s Twitter Girl Davis’ Twitter Their Website My appearance on Jinjja … Continue reading
I’m tired of feeling like I’m expected to choose between my security and happiness as a Black person in K-pop fandom spaces – or any fandom – and my ability to be a fan welcomed by fandom. Continue reading
In this installment of What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Antiblackness in the K-Pop Industry and its Fandom Spaces, we’ll be doing some fast and furious foregrounding. The point of this foregrounding essay isn’t to provide readers with an exhaustive and … Continue reading
Note: This timeline is an attempt on my and Jaeyoung’s parts to show a trajectory and some major moments for hip-hop that potentially put these cultures into conversation. As a result, timeline does not cover every single event that happened … Continue reading
Some commentary on this whole thing and why these conversations are necessary: The way Blackness is portrayed & performed across kpop is impossible to miss unless you work at being ignorant. Appropriation of Blackness – hair, slang, aesthetic, etc – … Continue reading
“The harm of cultural appropriation lies in how the people doing the appropriation of a minority group’s culture, removing it from its context, dehumanize the minority group and dismiss their concerns or humanity.” Cultural Appropriation in the Age of K-Pop … Continue reading
Did you read Part One? Another issue in how cultural appropriation of Black culture and Blackness leads people to devalue the culture and people they’re copying: across my research for this essay series – and this installment in particular – … Continue reading
“Ideas, cultures, and histories cannot seriously be understood or studied without their force, or more precisely their configurations of power, also being studied. Edward Said, Orientalism “Dressing up as “another culture”, is racist, and an act of privilege. Not only … Continue reading
Anyway! Here’s a list of my most favorite BTS songs! I’m glad I can share this sort of purely celebratory
experience with you nerds! Continue reading
Anti-blackness is universal. Outside of maybe a handful of countries around the world, there aren’t many places where I’m guaranteed to be entirely free from anti-black racism. Even my home island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands isn’t … Continue reading
In case you’ve missed it, I’m doing a project for my website on anti-Blackness in K-pop fandom spaces and why the industry’s understanding and appropriation of Blackness/Black culture for the aesthetics of it all partially fuel the problem. It’s already … Continue reading
In general, I’m used to Blackness being seen as a cool and fun style to adopt by people who aren’t always clear about how they feel about Black people. Continue reading