Park In-bee (33), the ‘golf empress’, who won a total of 21 victories on the LPGA Tour alone, is often asked such questions from reporters in the United States these days. Park Se-ri, retired Park Ji-eun, and Park Seong-hyun, who is currently active, have a lot of influence on the tour, but it is evaluated that it is a discriminatory view that comes from a lack of understanding of Korean culture. Inbee Park also tilted her head at the reality that local broadcasters constantly mispronounce Asian players’ names. Even though he corrected his pronunciation through a social network service (SNS), it was not corrected.
The New York Times (NYT) in the United States reported the experiences of Asian players on the LPGA Tour about discrimination against Asians in American society on the 23rd. The voices of players ahead of the KPMG Women’s Championship, a major tournament starting on the 25th, at a golf course (Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Georgia, USA) about 15 minutes away by car from the site of the ‘massage shop shooting’ that occurred in March against Asian women. toldPark In-bee, who has a relative who runs a laundromat near the scene of the incident, said, “I called immediately to check the safety of the relative. It’s a really unfortunate incident.” Nayeon Choi, who debuted on the 2008 LPGA Tour, made her mother, who accompanied her on tour every time, not come this year. It is because she is concerned about the safety of her mother, who does not speak English. Mina Harigae, 32, of Japanese descent, said, “I even bought a self-defense stick online out of fear.” Michelle Wie West, a Korean-American, also said, “I always had to suffer from the question, ‘Why are Korean players doing so well?’ Even though Korean players said that they practice hard, it was difficult to understand why they had to be asked this question every time.” He said, “(If anyone asks again), I will answer that it is a really inappropriate question.”>
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