I hear a lot of people say he's "cocky" or "arrogant" in interviews, but to me, [Rain's] just joking around for the most part when he talks about being sexy and whatever else. He says it with a chuckle and a twinkle in his eyes, yet he's arrogant because of it. They're using code words. They're calling him "uppity", and we all know what that means: The Asian man is not in his place.*The words in bold really resonated with me when I first read this comment by blogger Cinnamon (she posted it on the old Blasian Narrative comm as "Fangirl Utopia"). I asked if she could do a discussion post on the new Blasian Narrative site expanding on this observation, and she generously obliged. My favorite lines:
Like people have said before, the white American press (and a lot of the white American public) really don't know what to do with this man. And he could care less.
"In all of their high-minded privilege, these people seem to forget that this particular Asian man didn’t grow up in a country that treats him like a second-class citizen. They brush aside the fact that in Korea, he’s the majority, and therefore, doesn’t see white as an automatic default. To their neverending chagrin, this Asian man ain't bowing and scraping, shuckin’ and jivin’, skinnin’ and grinnin', or all around coonin' like a proper POC is supposed to do."