You learn about my love for Kpop when we get back to the Airbnb (I was going through a P!nk phase when we first met), and you’ve gone to the bathroom, leaving me in the bedroom with my iPad, which means that, naturally, I go on Youtube and start searching for my favorite songs, singing along, not thinking that you can hear me down the hall.
You come into the room when I’m halfway through the chorus of the ballad version of SNSD’s “Into the New World,” which they performed at the Tokyo Dome the year they ousted one of their members — one of my favorite members, I tell you when you’ve gotten over your amusement and come to join me under the blanket. (Mexico City is chillier than I thought it would be.)
I admit i didn’t really care for SNSD when they debuted in 2007; they were too perky, too cutesy, too saccharine sweet in the ways Korea likes its girls to be; but it was Jessica’s abrupt removal from the group that made me finally admit that I liked them after keeping an eye on their career for seven years. Apparently I do that — the women I started off disliking during my stubborn adolescence (internalized misogyny’s a beast) are the ones who have stuck with me, like BoA, Keira Knightley, SNSD. My favorite member is Taeyeon, and she’s the lead vocalist. I could go on and on about K-pop once I get started; it defined so much of my adolescence and young adulthood.
And what about Mexico City prompted this K-pop fest? you ask.
I dunno. Maybe those girls at El Moro?
Yeah, that was weird. I knew we’d stand out because we’re foreign, but I didn’t think being Asian would be what did it.
What’d they ask? I didn’t hear.
Just where we were from. They weren’t mean or rude or anything, just curious. I think they were hoping we were from Asia.
I see. Those churros were good.
I loved that Mexican chocolate — it wasn't too sweet or overspiced. And I’m not that crazy about chocolate.
I still think that’s weird, I say, searching for my favorite BoA music video and snuggling closer. Kinda. Not really. Not as long you still make me that boozy chocolate cake you say you make so well.