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Ronny Chieng: “Indians are not Asians.” He faces backlash

Ronny Chieng photo by slgckgc via Wikimedia Creative Commons. Rishi Sunak photo by British Government via Wikimedia Creative Commons

By Randall Yip, AsAmNews Executive Editor

The Daily Show is facing some backlash over a monologue from senior correspondent Ronny Chieng about Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Much of the media has described Sunak as Britain’s first Asian prime minister.

In his bit, Chieng took issue with that saying “Indians are not Asians, OK? They’re still people — great people — just not Asian people…When I was down at Dim Sum Palace this morning me and the fellas weren’t like oh, sh*t, that’s me up there.”

In Britain, South Asians make up a large percentage of Asians in the country and the term Asian generally refers to Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

In the United States, many including AsAmNews are inclusive and consider East Asians, South Asians and Southeast Asians all Asians. But some South Asians have pointed out that they often feel left out of the Asian identity.

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Not everyone appreciated Chieng’s attempt at humor.

Others, however, came to the defense of Chieng.


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