"Sandra Oh isn't Asian-American, she's Canadian-Canadian"
Canadians are reminding Americans that Sandra Oh is not American.
Sandra Oh has been stealing headlines recently for being a icon for the global Asian community.
Among the 47-year-old actress’s most recent accolades, Oh made history by being the first Asian to ever host the Golden Globe Awards. Additionally, Oh won also a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series for Killing Eve.
In her emotional opening monologue, Oh praised “the faces of change” and the importance of “this moment of change”.
“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “And I’m not fooling myself, I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different; it probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”
Her speech has since broken the internet, especially for the global Asian community, with many outlets triumphing her success.
However, many have been criticised for describing Oh as an “Asian American”, when in fact the Asian actress was born in Ottawa.
@TODAYshow , @IamSandraOh is not Asian-American. She’s Asian-Canadian,” wrote one Twitter user. “Or as we prefer to say, Canadian. Congratulations to Canadian @IamSandraOh on her #emmyawards win.”
Another tweeted, “I was watching
@TODAYshow this morning and they referred to @IamSandraOh as Asian-American. Slight clarification – she’s Canadian, and we are proud she is! Great work on Killing Eve and hosting the Golden Globes! #SandraOhAtGoldenGlobes #SandraOh
— GeoLeo (@Leogodreau) January 7, 2019
I was watching @TODAYshow this morning and they referred to @IamSandraOh as Asian-American. Slight clarification – she’s Canadian, and we are proud she is! 😉Great work on Killing Eve and hosting the Golden Globes! 👏 #SandraOhAtGoldenGlobes #SandraOh
— Alie Longbourne (@ophelialie) January 7, 2019
— Of Moose and Men (@mooseandmen) January 7, 2019
— Patrick (@cahulaan) January 7, 2019
What a night!! 🦅 💚 The Eagles win AND so does my fellow Asian American, Korean American peep @IamSandraOh AND she gave the best acceptance speech ever! 👏 👏 👏 I cannot wait to show our children the video of her bowing to her parents and saying 사랑해요 (I ❤️ you)! 🇰🇷 🇺🇸
— nydiahan (@nydia_han) January 7, 2019