I have to admit I don’t watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. The only thing I know about kimchi is that it is a spicy Korean cabbage. And I only know that because I’ve watched my sister make tons of it over the years (my brother-in-law is Korean).
But apparently there was a fan favorite on RuPaul’s Drag Race this season. That being Drag Queen Kim Chi. As C. Winter Han wrote in The Atlantic in May:
But the most memorable moments of the night belonged to a runner-up, Kim Chi, as had many of the most memorable moments of the season. A 28-year-old Chicagoan and first-generation Korean American, Kim Chi’s fantastical outfits had frequently impressed the judges even while her physical clumsiness had become a running joke.
In the finale, Kim Chi’s original song, “Fat, Femme, and Asian,” performed partially in Korean, took direct aim at three labels frequently treated as undesirable in the gay male mainstream. Breaking with a typical narrative of the show—“Drag Race: bringing families together,” RuPaul likes to say—Kim Chi revealed she still hadn’t told her mom she does drag and doesn’t plan on doing so. And when asked about which of the chiseled male models in the show’s “Pit Crew” she’d like to lose her virginity to, she deadpanned, “I’m not trying to catch anything, so I’m going to say none of them,” sending the theater into shocked laughter. Moments like these contributed to the sense that Kim Chi was doing something novel on Drag Race, even though the show has long been concerned with self-love, non-conformity, and playing with stereotypes.
Really great article. Read the rest at The Fierceness of ‘Femme, Fat, and Asian’. In addition watch the best moments of Kim Chi this past season.