Actor and singer Meiyan Chang experienced racism that most north-east Indians are facing in the country amid the growing coronavirus infection. After being called corona online, Chang was called by the name of the virus out on the road as well, when he was jogging. Also Read - 'Alarming How Neighbours Are Ostracising Crew Who Went Abroad,' Writes Air India
In his latest interview with Times of India, the former Indian Idol winner explained how the cases of racist attacks against North-East Indians and the Indian-Chinese population have increased in the country. He revealed that it was in a supposedly modern and educated city like Mumbai where he experienced the attack when he went out for a jog and two men on a bike screamed ‘corona’ and rode away laughing. Chang took to Instagram to share the ordeal and urged all to stay united. He thanked all who have been supporting him and sending love and wishes. Also Read - Lost Actor Daniel Dae Kim Gets COVID-19, Urges All to Stop Anti-Asian Racism Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Keeping his humourous side alive to show that he is still positive, the actor hit back at the trolls saying, “And to those stray trolls who are still spewing venom on my timeline; I say to you, as we would back in Bihar-Jharkhand: “भक साला, तुम तो हमारे प्यार के क़ाबिल भी नहीं हो बे! लेकिन, तुमको भी दीर्घायु भवः।” (sic). Also Read - Trending News Today March 17, 2020: Donald Trump Refers to Coronavirus As ‘Chinese Virus’, Faces Major Backlash As Twitter Calls Him 'Racist & Insensitive'
Another part of his post on Instagram read, “In times of crisis, some human beings devolve into the worst versions of themselves. Or may be that was them all along?” (sic). Check his full post here:
In his interview with the daily, he mentioned that the casual racism against the North-East Indians is quite common as he himself has been called ‘Chinese, Chinki and Nepali in the past.’ However, in the times of the deadly coronavirus, people should stay away from indulging in any act of racism because there are far graver issues that the country is trying to deal with collectively.
Earlier, actor Daniel Dae Kim, while announcing the news of being infected with COVID-19, urged people to stop racist attacks against the South-East Asian people because the world needs to be united in its fight against the novel coronavirus.