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Korean Americans Protest LPGA's English-Only Policy

Korea Times, Posted: Sep 04, 2008

LOS ANGELESThe Ladies Professional Golf Association's new English-only policy drew the ire of Korean Americans and Asian American lawmakers, reports Korea Times. Korean American Coalition's Los Angeles chapter convened an emergency press conference Aug. 29 to condemn the LPGA policy as a racially biased policy. Another influential Korean American grassroots organization, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, issued a statement in which the LPGA's policy was described not only as discriminatory against South Korean players, who are significantly represented within the LPGA membership, but also as a possible violation of civil rights laws. According to Korea Times, members of the Asian American Caucus in California's state assembly also objected. They sent a letter to the LPGA commissioner to protest the policy. Grace Yoo, the executive director of KAC's L.A. chapter, told Korea Times that her organization has been in contact with 20 Korean and non-Korean grassroots organizations to mobilize resources in an attempt to pressure LPGA to rescind the policy. The LPGA's policy stipulates that international players must pass an oral English evaluation after two years on tour or else face suspension.


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