Megan Sound is a lover, dreamer, and feminist AF. Jim Henson is one of her role models (obvious to fans of Rainbow Connection), as are bell hooks and Margaret Cho. Megan is a Korean adoptee who’s been writing from an intersectional perspective since she created “My Summer Diary” in 1993 by tearing off the perforated edges of computer printer paper that was intended for her family’s Apple IIe. She started the blog, Awkward Encounters of the Asian Kind, in 2011, to share vignettes from the time in her life when she was perceived as Asian, yet identified mostly as a Caucasian…at some point in the not too distance past, she transformed (#LiveYourBestLife) and came to accept her POC status. She realized she wanted to write about race, gender, and identity, so she created Doo-Wop Bibimbap.
Doo-Wop is a genre of music that was developed in African-American communities in the 1940’s; it features vocal group harmony and nonsense syllables. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” is the title of a song on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, an album that deeply impacted Megan. “Doo Wop (That Thing) provided pep talk lyrics that were so needed, “Baby girl, respect is just a minimum,” and a shout out to Koreans—as stereotypical as it may be, “Fake nails done by Koreans.”
Bibimbap is a Korean dish; it’s rice with seasoned meat and an assortment of vegetables; the variations are endless, some people add an egg, others like to throw a battered and deep friend shrimp on top.
Thinking about the United States as a melting pot—many people and cultures coming together to make a giant vat of homogeny—is bunk! America is a culturally plural society, and is basically like a giant stone bowl of bibimbap. What do you know, a better metaphor!
Doo-Wop Bibimbap is fun to say. It’s also how I want to frame my exploration of race, gender, and identity in a spirit that’s inspired by Henson, hooks, and Cho. Like I said, intersectionality. I’m an Asian feminist; sometimes I stargaze and dream of a harmonious world where people are inclusive and compassionate, sometimes I rage because people LITERALLY DO NOT HEAR ME WHEN I SPEAK. I consider my feminism a lifestyle, not a movement.