In the Park N Shop plaza on South Main Street, between a pizzeria and a laundromat, is Hsiang K, a Chinese karaoke experience. Each room is covered in neon lights, with enough space to dance around and belt out a song in front of an audience of friends while reading lyrics from a flat-screen TV.
Hsiang K owner Xipeng “Jason” Chen met his two co-owners, Haocheng Li and Hongjie Jin, while attending the University of Delaware. They realized that no karaoke bars similar to the ones they went to in China existed in the Newark area. Hsiang K means “missing home,” a reference to how the bar provides a taste of home to other international students. Jin is still a student, while the other two owners have graduated.
“When we’re hanging out back home, we go to a karaoke place, just like this,” Li said. “Only in China, it’s bigger.