Archery-World Archery tweet in “chop suey” police receives backlash

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Archery – Women’s Team – Medal Ceremony – Yumenoshima Archery Ground, Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2021. Gold medalist An San from South Korea, Gold medalist Jang Minhee of South Korea and gold medalist Kang Chae Young of South Korea celebrate the podium. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne / File photo

TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – The World Archery Federation’s use of police associated with racism against Asians in a Tweeter South Korean Olympic archers’ celebration on Wednesday raised eyebrows among netizens.

World Archery shared a video featuring the South Korean women’s team, which competes in individual events, using the so-called “chop suey” font to write their names.

The font, also known as the “wonton” font, emulates the brushstrokes of Chinese calligraphy, was commonly used by restaurants in the past.

More recently, it has been seen by some as an expression of racist stereotypes and prejudices against Asians. Police appeared in racist leaflets and posters to exclude Chinese Americans in the United States.

The spokesman for the World Archery Federation said the use of police in the tweet to promote archers from South Korea, which dominates Olympic archery, was not racist .

South Korea have won three gold medals in all team archery events in Tokyo and compete in individual competitions.

Chris Wells said the World Archery Federation, formed in 1931 to develop and promote archery as an Olympic sport, used the font to match the style of its Tokyo 2020 logo from a Japanese enso, a hand drawn circle in a single stroke to describe the target of archery.

But the police have drawn criticism online, with users accusing the federation of choosing the wrong font.

A response from a @dj__the__kid Twitter account said the federation had revealed “its pure racial bias even towards Olympic champions.”

In 2002, American clothing Abercrombie & Fitch recalled a line of T-shirts after receiving a wave of complaints about designs depicting Asians using the same font.

Additional reports by Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Perry

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