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Separasian Anxiety

November 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Jen just introduced me to the evolving drama surrounding South Korean women currently rocking the L.P.G.A. circuit: It began when Tour Commissioner Carolyn Bivens proposed that foreign-born players with two years completed on the Tour show a proficiency in English or face suspension (apparently for schmoozing purposes). The mandate proposal didn’t last long, but the emphasize on learning English is still strongly emphasized.

It appears that Biven also wants to liberate those women whose fathers (most of whom quit their jobs in South Korea to help their children) accompany them throughout the competition:

In a recent interview, [Bivens] said her goal was to help assimilate the South Korean players into a culture starkly different from their own and to emancipate them from what she characterized as overbearing fathers. Forcing the players to learn English and threatening their livelihoods was the best way she saw to accomplish that.

Hrmm. Learning English, sure, that’s definitely something these athletes can manage, no sweat.

But, uh, separating Asian girls from their overbearing Hardass Asian Dads?

Yeah. Good luck with that.


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July 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Here’s the thing: sometimes being racist is funny!

I can’t think of a good example off the top of my head, but I do believe that being at least semi-attractive with a brain larger than a peanut is required to pull it off.

Unfortunately for YouTube’s man-faced, self-appointed advice columnist, neither of those qualities seem to be present. Shame!

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