Drag King Interview
I'm a Drag King in a World Of Queens — and I Deserve Recognition, Too
The Gap of Asian Representation in King Culture
Taiwanese drag queens are really active, but I'm the predominant drag king who is Asian. I was once ashamed and guilt-ridden by that. I did feel isolated at that time in my life, when I looked around to see that there were no other kings of Asian descent prior to social media popularity, nor many other kings period. Admittedly, I looked to the outside for comparison and approval during my younger years.
"I did feel isolated at that time in my life, when I looked around to see that there were no other kings of Asian descent prior to social media popularity, nor many other kings period."
I travel internationally to host events, and what I've learned is that the world of drag is unlike NYC or LA — perhaps many in these metropolitan cities are of Third Culture identity (people who are born to one culture, grew up in another dominant culture, and are influenced greatly from international travel). Most places feel like it has less than two kings at any one time. The only other cities I have been to with a thriving king culture is Berlin, thanks in part to drag queen Pansy, who is quite active and provides a safe space for all, and Manchester, UK.