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Tanglin Actress Caitanya Tan Called Racist for Having Hated Indian Name as a Child




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“Growing up, I really hated my name because it is an Indian name, but I’m 100% Chinese.”

This is what actress and singer Caitanya Tan said in a video released by Millennials of Singapore yesterday. The performer, who is perhaps most well known locally for her role as Cpt Goh on Channel 5’s Tanglin, was flamed for her comments, which many took to be “counter-racist.”

Caitanya was born to musician Kenny Tan who gave all three of his children Indian names: Caitanya, Krsna and Govin.

In an interview to Millennials, Caitanya (pronounced Chey-Tan-Ya) described how difficult it was for her to explain her name to her primary school peers and how she began to hate her name because her peers bullied her for her different name.

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Sharing that she once had a friend who stopped being her friend because of her Indian name, Caitanya said:

“Growing up with a name like this has helped me understand a little bit better what it feels like to be a minority.”

After adding that that does not mean that she completely understands what racial minority groups face, Caitanya shared that years later, someone pronounced her name as Kate-Anya.

She decided to adopt that pronunciation of her name as it had a more international feel to it.

“Don’t fight the old, build the new,” she said.

Her comments have drawn intense flak from netizens:

One Facebook user’s comment attracted the attention of Caitanya’s brother Krsna who responded, telling the user to “check” herself:

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