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Asian American Olympians Reveal Their Struggles With Asian Identity Growing Up

The success of Asian American athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has also shed light on the unique struggles many of them face when it comes to racial identity.

Beyond the challenges of training, competitions, and other physical demands of chasing the Olympic dream, these young athletes also rise above prejudice, just as they are coming to terms with their sense of belonging between Asian and American cultures.

In a heartfelt post after winning their medal, Alex Shibutani wrote that when he and his sister Maia Shibutani were starting, others looked at them as “different.”

“Throughout our career (14 years and counting), we have had to, and will continue to push past stereotypes, labels, doubters, and cynics,” he tweeted.

Vincent Zhou, highly touted as the future of men’s figure skating, also had to deal with some ignorant troll questioning his citizenship on Twitter just days before his Olympic ticket announcement.

Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old rising snowboarding star, is also no stranger to such encounters. At a press conference in September, Chloe shared that she would occasionally get the “No, where are you really from?” response after saying she’s from “Los Angeles.” Brought to the spotlight, they are often forced to answer impertinent questions about their race and identity. “Do you identify pretty strongly with both cultures?” a journalist asked Chloe. “I always get that question; it’s never my first answer to say that I’m from Korea or, like, ‘I’m Korean,'” Chloe replied. “It’s always, like, ‘I’m American.’ Like, I feel like I’m pretty—what do they call it, ‘Twinkies’?” A Twinkie is a term used, often pejoratively, to describe a person who might be “yellow” on the outside but White on the inside. Kristi Yamaguchi, who is Japanese-American, told Bleacher Report, “I totally get where Chloe is coming from when she said, ‘I see myself as a Twinkie.’ It’s not because she doesn’t see herself as Asian. I think it’s not necessarily seeing yourself as White. It’s just identifying as American.” Her statement has since been recorded, published, interpreted and scrutinized for public consumption. While they are indeed bestowed with gargantuan expectations of representing the country, they are also young athletes fulfilling their dreams at an age most are still in the process of recognizing who they are. With such supportive parents, these young athletes will undoubtedly do alright on their own terms. “I think my parents felt us being a minority a little bit more than I did, and they tried to shelter me from that so I didn’t feel it at all,” Nathan Chen said in an interview with Team USA last year. Proud of his heritage, Chen expressed his appreciation for the sport that has welcomed Asian Americans with open arms. “As I got older, there were more and more Asian kids at [skating] competitions that I was going to – that felt cool to me.”

Feature Image (left) via Instagram/alexshibutani,  (right) via Instagram/chloekimsnow

Chloe Kim’s Mom is Now Stealing the Show at the Winter Olympics

Team USA’s snowboarding star Chloe Kim has become an international sensation after winning an Olympic gold in the women’s halfpipe event in Pyeongchang.

Her popularity rubbed off on her very supportive dad, Jong Jin Kim, who has also been widely cheered on social media for being the epitome of coolness.

Now, her gorgeous Korean-born mom, Boran Kim, appears to have caught everyone’s attention, too.

What sparked this instant fondness for Mrs. Kim was her Instagram post expressing support for her daughter.

She shared an image of her nails painted with the United States and Korean flags, along with the pun-tastic caption, “Ready to watch Chloe NAIL it! :)”

Soon, fans and admirers began digging through her photos and leaving comments of support and well-deserved praise.

Her daughter’s picture of her on the beach also emerged on some websites

Boran first came to the U.S. with her husband in the 1980s, taking residence in Long Beach, California, where Chloe was raised.

“To see Chloe compete in the Olympics, it’s going to be very exciting and happy,” the youthful mom earlier told the New York Times.

“I think it will be the best moment of my whole life.”

Cheers to such a beautiful, loving family!

Sirius XM Host FIRED After Calling Olympian Chloe Kim a ‘hot piece of ass’ on Air

Patrick Connor

Patrick Connor, the Sirius XM Host who called 17-year-old Olympian Chloe Kim ‘a little hot piece of ass’ on air, has been fired from a sports talk show, according to USA Today.

Sirius XM Host Calls 17-Year-Old Olympian Chloe Kim ‘a little hot piece of ass’ On Air

Patrick Connor, co-host of Barstool Radio’s Sirius XM talk show, “Dialed-In with Dallas Braden”, has come under fire for his sexually explicit comments regarding 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist, Chloe Kim.