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But the implications can be more far reaching than seemingly insignificant results on the athletic field.That Asian Americans are picking up golf clubs after watching Tiger Woods and Se Ri Pak dominate as professionals, or are putting on skates after watching Apolo Anton Ohno and Kwan compete as Olympians, eventually their participation will lead to more integration of Asian Americans in other aspects of American society.Truth is, there aren't many Asian Americans playing sports today, whether it is on the youth level or in the professional arena.Neither are Asians involved in running sports, save for Nintendo's ownership of the Seattle Mariners.Among them was Greg Louganis, whose legacy as an Olympic diver earned him a place alongside the most recognizable Asian American athletes even today."Who would have thought in my day that you could make so much money as an athlete?"My father told me to never, ever use you color as an excuse," Lee told
That is, about the convergence of African-Americans and Caucasians on the field of play.
Toward the end of the 20th Century, the discussion broadened to include Latinos.
But as we begin Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the nation's fastest growing population group continues to lag far behind as participants in sport.
So I became the one who tried the most difficult dives." In the years since his Olympic achievements, Lee said he believes much has changed with regard to the perception of Asian Americans in athletics.
"Sixty years ago, they said you had to be Caucasian, slender and tall to be a diver," he said.There is no hard data for youth sports participation, but in cities where there are larger Asian American populations, such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, anecdotal evidence suggests that Asian American children are now much more interested in sports since they see adults who look like them on Sports Center.