It’s Not Transracial, It’s White Privilege

Maya L, M.A.
The Antagonist Magazine

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The Whiteness of Oli London’s Korean Appropriation Racism

Courtesy of Shawnanggg | Unsplash

In the remaining days of Pride Month, Oli London came out as non-binary Korean. After spending over $240,000 on plastic surgery to look like Korean pop star Jimin of the group BTS, London excitedly proclaims in their British accent that they are Korean. Amongst their standard pronouns of they/them, London attempts to educate us that their other pronouns include Korean/Jimin as well as kor/ean. I continue to scratch my head at the idea that one’s name and ethnicity are being classified as pronouns in their beliefs.

This is worse than Mickey Rooney’s racist portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As we learn to discuss identity and its relationship with societal norms and mores, the term “transracial” has become a part of the conversation. Yet, these “transracial” actions are only steeped in white privilege.

Traditionally, transracial was used to define the adoption of a child that is of a different racial and/or ethnic background than the parents. In 2015, Rachel Dolezal was exposed as a…

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Maya L, M.A.
The Antagonist Magazine

I explore the intersectionality of race and culture from a humanistic lens. Host of The Renegade Professor Podcast.