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Twitch streamer Emiru reacts angrily to viewer asking her whether she is Asian or Asianfishing

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  • A viewer’s inquiry left Twitch streamer and cosplayer Emily "Emiru" Schunk in disbelief for directly questioning her ethnicity.

  • “Are you Asian, or do you use Asian makeup?" the question read, to which she responded with, "What the f*ck does that even mean? Yes, I am f*cking Asian, you dumbass!"

  • Earlier this year, another commenter called Schunk out for not "sounding Asian," to which she responded in Mandarin.

  • Observers believe the viewer’s question was a reference to “Asianfishing,” the act among non-Asian people of using makeup, photo editing or clothing to alter their appearances to look more Asian.

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Twitch streamer and cosplayer Emily “Emiru” Schunk became visibly irked during a recent livestream after a viewer posed an unusual question. 

Schunk was reacting to some videos shared by her viewers when a commenter on the Twitch chat left the 24-year-old streamer in momentary shock as it directly questioned her ethnicity.

“Are you Asian, or do you use Asian makeup?” the question, which Schuck read out loud, said. She then responded, “What the f*ck does that even mean? Yes, I am f*cking Asian, you dumbass!”

Shortly after, Schuck further addressed viewers by saying, “Yeah, I probably look Asian because I am Asian! Isn’t that f*cking weird how that works?”

The message seemed to have angered the streamer, who had to calm herself down with a drink before finally calling the commenter a “TikTok frog.”

Schunk has received similar insinuations from viewers in the past. Earlier this year, a viewer criticized her for not “sounding Asian.” In response, she spoke to her viewers in Mandarin.

On Reddit, users discussing the incident highlighted that the viewer’s question might have been a reference to “Asianfishing,” the act in which non-Asian people use makeup, photo editing or clothing to look more Asian.

In December, Ariana Grande was widely accused of “Asianfishing” after photos of her, in which the shapes of her eyes appeared to have been altered, surfaced online.

Featured Image via Emiru

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