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Ethnic Korean golfers suffer endemic racism in the U.S., the New York Times reported. The daily devoted an entire page on Tuesday to racism against LPGA players of Asian descent.
The daily interviewed players near Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia where this year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship starts on Thursday. The course lies a 15-minute ride from the massage parlors where eight people, six of them Asian women, were killed in a shooting spree in March.
Park In-bee, a golfer with 21 LPGA Tour wins, said she is still asked "if she was related to 'all the other Parks' on the tour." "Broadcasters persisted in mispronouncing the names of Asian players" even after she "had corrected them on social media," the daily added.
"For years, these women have endured microaggressions about their names, their appearance, even their success," it said.
Christina Kim, a Californian of Korean descent, said she is "tired of the added pressure that Asian-born players on the tour feel to speak the Queen's English to avoid being mocked or criticized."
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