Emily Chang’s Need You Near (The Happy Nunchucks Song) Music Video

Written and performed by Emily C. Chang and Ray Archie, “Need Your Near (The Happy Nunchucks Song) is a wonderful quirky music video that I caught hold of, thanks to the lovely Kai Ma. While the lyrics sometime get clunky at various parts of the song, it is nevertheless a vibrant joy to behold and listen to as it is crystal clear that the creators had a lot of fun while making this video.

The power of media is an important aspect that I always take note of whenever I watch depictions of Asian Americans, whether on the big screen, the TV, or on the Internet. Watching this, I can confidently say that this is another strong entry on what I like to call the “Kickass Asian Woman.”

Defying conventional aesthetic expectations, you see an Asian American playing a 1950’s All-American woman, roles that are conservatively reserved for white folks. But even if the Asian American character has a white boyfriend, but you aren’t going to see any Madame Butterfly syndromes here. Instead, you see a woman who gets what she wants, declares that “pink carnations suck//and I only called you//coz I needed a fuck”, and at the end, traps her useless boyfriend in a black & white TV set.

That’s power, baby.

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About Edward

Edward Hong is an actor and spoken poet. Passion to make a change in this world through the performing arts and activism defines his ongoing life and it is the struggle against all things unjust that gives him this passion to be one heck of a talkative, stubborn man. It, however, does not mean he strives to be a champion or role model of any community but to be the man who will be honest and say the things nobody will have the balls to say. He is the jester who is outspoken in what he believes in most passionately and therefore cannot be pinpointed that he will do what you expect him to do.
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