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Meiyang Chang: Two men on a high-speed bicycle in Mumbai called me “crown” | Hindi Movie News

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A few northeast students, who live in Delhi, recently turned to social media to talk about tackling racism amid the crown crisis. They made fun of them and called them “coronaviruses” for looking Chinese. Actor and singer Meiyang Chang, of Chinese descent, can relate to this because he has often been the recipient of such callous comments from people. He says to BT: “They called me Chinese, Chinki and Nepali in the past. I feel that, as a country, we are coincidentally racist, whether by color, caste or ethnicity. ”

He adds, “Lately, my friends have been teasing me saying, ‘Chang se door raho.’ Of course, I know they don’t mean any harm and there’s no hidden reason; it’s all very funny. Problems start when people randomly do it with malicious intent. Just a few days ago, I had congratulated a friend on Instagram, but some guys who had nothing to do with me or her called me “coronavirus” in the comment section. I took a screenshot From those comments, I deleted their names because I don’t believe in public embarrassment and shared them on my page. Later, they apologized to me and I let it go. ”

However, that was not a unique case. Chang shares: “I go to run every day near my home in Mumbai. The other day, two boys passed me on a bicycle, yelling “crown” and laughing. I wanted to scream back and launch the choicest gaalis, but I didn’t see any point in it. How to punish people for their stupidity or ignorance? Over the years, I’ve gotten used to these comments and yes, they are hurtful. I try to go ahead and be optimistic, but it affects you. ”

Chang, born and raised in India, says: “In the current situation, all expats are viewed with suspicion, but the ‘blood registry’ still doesn’t face as much discrimination as we do.”

It’s fine with people who want to keep a safe distance from him. “We need to practice social distancing, so that’s fine. That they look at us for looking Chinese or that they distrust us in this situation is also understandable, but do not tell us names. That is unfair, “he says.

Chang prides himself on his Indian identity and Chinese roots. He explains: “Three generations of my family were born in India. I was born in Dhanbad (Jharkhand). My ancestors were Chinese and we have their genes. How can I hide that and why should I? I don’t care about curiosity at all. When I was in boarding school, initially, I was offended when people asked me if I was Nepali, Chinese, or Japanese. Over time, I realized that I look different. I have oriental features and people are curious. ”

He adds: “I am an Indian and my genes are Chinese. My name is Chinese Indian. Those who enjoy calling me Chinese, continue to do so, but don’t forget to add “Indian” before that. I hope a little sensitivity from people, especially when the world is fighting a pandemic. ”

Times of India

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