The World Archery Federation sparked backlash online for its use of the “chop suey” font in a pair of tweets supposed to celebrate Olympic archers from South Korea.
Problematic font: World Archery is accused of racism when it shared two videos that introduced the women’s and the men’s team from South Korea, using a font associated with racism, reported Reuters.
- Also known as the “wonton” font, this typeface was commonly used by old restaurants that mimicked Chinese calligraphy strokes.
- The font, and other variations of it, has been widely used in racist signs, leaflets and posters against Asian Americans for over a century, according to CNN.
- Due to such use, many have regarded the font as an expression of racist stereotypes toward Asians.
“Not” racist: According to a representative from the World Archery Federation, the way they used the font in promoting the domination of South Korean archers was not racist.
- When the athletic body posted the videos, the South Korean archery team won three gold medals in all archery team events at the Tokyo Games.
- World Archery Federation spokesperson Chris Wells said the organization only matched their Tokyo 2020 logo, which features the Japanese “enso,” a circle hand-drawn in a single stroke.