After Michelle Yeoh’s historic Oscar win, National Public Radio described him as someone who “identifies as Asian”.
“Michelle Yeh wins Oscar for best actress in history, becoming the first Asian to win the award,” NPR tweeted, which went viral with more than 2 million views.
Born in Malaysia, Yeoh is of Hokkien and Cantonese descent and speaks English and Malay, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
The news report sparked controversy on the social platform, with several users pointing out that the 60-year-old was just an Asian woman.
“Tagged as Asian? Are you kidding me? Does NPR recognize the National Enquirer?” Written by Mark Fidelman, CMO of SmartBlocks.
“G– delete your d— account. He’s Asian. He doesn’t consider himself ‘Asian,'” political commentator Ian Miles Chon told NPR.
Additionally, Twitter community posts added context to NPR’s tweets.
“The tweet is factually correct, but lacks context to explain the statement. Merle Oberon was the first Asian woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1935. Oberon hid her heritage to avoid discrimination. Michelle Yeoh, however, is open about her Asian heritage.”