AGECIES, Mumbai: Meiyang Chang, who rose to fame with Indian Idol, was born in Jharkhand. However, he does have a Chinese origin too. Recently, in an interview with The Times of India, the actor-singer spoke how he was subjected to public shaming when he went for jogging in his locality when two boys on bike referred him as ‘corona’ amidst the widespread fear of the novel coronavirus, which emerged from China’s Wuhan city in December.
“I go for a jog every day near my house in Mumbai. The other day, two guys sped past me on a bike, screaming ‘corona’ and laughing. I wanted to scream back and hurl the choicest of gaalis, but I didn’t see any point in it. How do you punish people for their stupidity or ignorance? Over the years, I have become used to these comments and yes, they are hurtful. I try to move on and be optimistic, but it does affect you,” he told the publication.
Talking about his roots, he highlighted the importance of “sensitivity” during such difficult times. He said, “I am Indian and my genes, Chinese. I call myself Indian Chinese. Those who take pleasure in calling me Chinese, please continue to do so but don’t forget to add ‘Indian’ before that. I expect a little sensitivity from people, especially when the world is fighting a pandemic.”
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The Badmaas Company actor further revealed that this isn’t the first time when he has become prey to such discrimination as people has previously too tried and called him Chinese, Chinki and Nepali in the past. He said, “I feel that as a country, we are casually racist, be it on the basis of colour, caste, or ethnicity.