By Sophia Whittemore
Chasing Lovely consists of two powerful young, hapa women from the south who have hit the social media and pop culture scene. They’re bloggers, musicians, and siblings who have released a new album, Things We Don’t Talk About.
Their song Kiss Me is posted above, and their blog article What Are You? is a fascinating read about how they respond to questions about their identity. With a mom from Indonesia, I could relate to their issue with the inevitable dreaded questions about their ethnic ambiguity and the “what are you?” questions.
From Chasing Lovely, their blog:
“OUR MOM IS KOREAN.
OUR DAD IS ENGLISH, SCOTTISH, DUTCH AND SWISS/GERMAN.
When you’re mixed, it’s totally possible to look more White but feel more Asian, and vice versa. How you physically look isn’t necessarily how you identify, and how you physically identify is not always how you identify culturally. Being bi-racial is complex.
Hell, I still don’t really know how I fully identify. Maybe that’s just part of the joy of being mixed.”
I love these guys! Here’s my interview with the members of Chasing Lovely, Chloe and Taylor.
Most days, if we’re not playing a show, we won’t wear makeup. Chloe also likes wearing what she terms “boy clothes” because she follows gals like @danielleacooper, @thestreetsensei and @radtasticly_cam on Instagram and likes the style of menswear on women. So this week, we had a few shows in Denver. When we travel, it is almost a guarantee that we aren’t wearing makeup. Chloe also happened to have her comfy “boy clothes” on and as we were checking our bags at the airport the woman at the kiosk says to her, “You can step right up here, sir.” Chloe didn’t say anything or correct her, but as we were going through security she’s like, “SIR?!! That lady thought I was a sir!!!” We were both dying with laughter.