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Malaysian Comedian Ronny Chieng Makes ‘100 Most Impactful Asians’ List

today5 May 2021


Wooo Malaysia boleh!

Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng has gotten a spot on Gold House’s 100 Most Impactful Asians list this year.

He is one of the Asians amongst other icons in the list such as Vice President Kamala Harris, Oscar winners H.E.R. and Chloé Zhao, and K-Pop group Blackpink.


The non-profit organization aims to elevate Asian voices and the cultural impact they’ve had on society. They are now working to reform public opinion through media portrayals. Bing Chen, president and co-founder of Gold House, stated:


“Our leaders can no longer just be great — they must be good. They can’t just represent us in celebration — they must also elevate us when we’re in pain. That’s why this year’s Gold House A100 List spotlights leaders who were excellent in achievement and eminent in activism. This is, in so many ways, the fight for our lives — and we need fighters who see that.” 



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Ronnie Chieng, who earned the same recognition last year, is best known as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trever Noah. He also starred in Crazy Rich Asians.


On his identity as a comedian, Chieng has said:


“I have to do the comedy that I do, which is informed by my race – I’m Chinese, I’m born in Malaysia and I lived in Singapore and Australia. That’s where my personal experiences come from, that’s why I sound like this, that’s why I look like this. I don’t want to run or hide from who I am.” 


Chieng’s next big-screen appearance will be in Marvel’s Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings. Simu Liu, who also stars in the movie, has big visions as well.



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 “I want an Asian American movie to break a billion dollars at the global box office. But just one is not enough. I want to see more; I want to see seconds, and thirds, and fourths, and fifths. We cannot settle for just ‘firsts.’”


It’s a massive step forward for Malaysian comedy, and Asians in general. Let it be known to the world how powerful and influential we are!


*Cover image credits: Netflix

Written by: Mifzal Malik

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