Please don’t forget how momentous this day is for Asian representation in Western media. I grew up with having close to no Asian role models represented in music or in the movies. If Asians were given roles, it would be one of these:
-a nerdy, weird, antisocial loser with no personality
-a docile, permissive Asian female who is either hyper-sexualized or completely sexless
-an Asian fighter who has close to no dimension to their character
-a wise old Asian man who teaches the white protagonist the way of the ninja or whatever
-a villain who would ultimately get defeated/humiliated by the white protagonist
We have never been the main character. We have always just been supporting characters, if we’re even characters at all. We would be caricatures, not people. POCs have always had to relate to English lyrics, white role models, and white stories. We’ve seen white people dance around on stage wearing ethnic costumes from our culture with no idea what it is like to be from that background. Asian men have been depicted historically as ugly, awkward, and undesirable in Western media. Today, that is changing.
Today BTS is breaking down that barrier, performing on an American stage, singing in a different language, breaking those stereotypes. I can’t tell you how important and amazing it is to see people who look like me up on the stage like that, front and center. I couldn’t be more proud and excited for them! We still have a long way to go, but this is a huge step in facilitating Asian presence in America.