Listening to Run River North- Mr. Brightside cover
A Korean American band from Los Angeles, Run River North, played at Center Stage this week. I’m not sure if I was more impressed by their instrumental talent or that everyone in the band is Korean.
The venue was small and intimate, which was perfect for the songs they preformed. In between transitions of songs the lead singer spoke briefly about their 10 hour drive. He stated how thankful they were for the turn out and how the drive was worth it after all. It sounded incredibly sincere.
I stood there waiting for the next song to start and thought about how far Asians have come in the American culture. I remember when I was home coming court in high school and I was the only Asian person that made court. I remembered how nervous and anxious I was when it was my turn to represent my graduating class. My classmates commented on my race and it made me feel incredibly insecure standing alone. When I was in high school I participated in pageants and was always the only Asian girl in the running. No one commented then, but I remembered hoping no one noticed I looked different.
Fast forward 10 years later and now I’m standing in front of an all Korean band touring the states. If someone had told me when I was a teenager we would have more of an identity in society later in life- I would have called them a liar. Growing up in a small town in Georgia made being Korean seem like you were an alien, but now it sounds cool.
Crazy how things can change.