It’s Saturday night. The sixth nightfall of the week and perhaps one that offers the widest variety of leisure activities to choose from.
Hit a rooftop bar for cocktails with the girls.
Catch the latest Marvel flick at the cinema.
Or even Netflix & Chill with the missus in the comfort of her parents home.
But for one particular part of Sydney’s Central Business District, a certain activity secretly thrives, blissfully ignorant of its poor taste:
That is, belting out the lyrics to popular rap songs, with a heavy emphasis on the N word. Or as some would say, expressing one’s own ‘Toxic Asian Masculinity’.
In an effort to shed light on the issue, The Native joined a regular participant last Saturday at an undisclosed Chinatown karaoke bar.
‘Every time I’m in the street I hear Yawk! Yawk! Yawk! Yawk!” screamed Michael Vu over the sound of the instrumental.
“Where’s the green tea henny at?”
As he poured the seven parts Lipton Green Tea one part Hennessy jug, the songs hook, which Michael had been waiting for, finally arrived.
“Man down. Where you from, my n*gga?”
Although a large majority of western society has acknowledged the deep struggle African Americans have experienced in both the last century and modern day, it seems as though this subsection of Australia does not give a fuck.
After the recent debacle involving an errant Caucasian fan who was so daring to mouth the lyrics on stage at a Kendrick Lamar concert, climate around the word has become heated.
“Seriously but? I’m Asian, not Caucasian. I’m taking away power from the word brotha” said Michael as he wiped the remaining specks of white powder off of his nose.
“Besides if dropping all the lyrics word for word [snort] means Jenny Tran wants to get the Uber home with me, then it is what it is cuz”
“Oi put on ‘Changes’ bro”
Karaoke or ‘K’ as they call it, acts as a safespace for younger Asians to do illicit drugs, avoid the social etiquette of western venues and most importantly, foster mating calls to the opposite sex through the classic song-and-lyric, as true to its original form as possible.