Tasha Yoon Mi Rae- “Black Happiness” (English subs)
Tasha Yoon Mi Rae is a half-black half-Korean female rapper in Korea. There are pretty serious and documented problems with black face in Korean media and cultural appropriation in kpop, but what I love about this video and song is that it shows the danger of a single story about any place and people. The antiblackness in Korea and Korean media especially is unacceptable, but Tasha Yoon Mi Rae shows us that is not the only side of Korean music with this song about self-love for dark-skinned Koreans. This song is all about embracing the beauty of one’s self and skin color in spite of colorist beauty standards that elevate lightness and it’s about finding your strength in something (for her, music) even when you can’t help but hate the world. She also explores her biracial identity in the song, including a recording from her black American father on the track, and it is really beautiful. An excerpt of some of my favorite lyrics below:
"Because of my guilt I washed my face everytime during the day/ With my tears I melt the white soap / I always hated my dark skin / Why O Why/ Does the world judge me/ … When I hate the world music soothes me/… And I leaned on myself I spent endless, painful days/ I ignored their warning and tried to escape because I missed music / but no, I got caught I prayed all night and now I’m free/ When I hate the world Music raised me up."
Thanks to gilthemisandristoverlord for sharing this uplifting song and video with me.