There was a lot of attention on 14-year-old Chinese golfer prodigy Guan Tianlang during the U.S. Masters this weekend. But one anchor from the Lafayette, La., CBS affiliate, KLFY, referred to the rising golf star as a “Chinaman” while recapping one of Tianlang’s plays.
George Faust, KLFY’s sports director, is now under fire for using the derogatory term on-air.
“I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who did not know that ‘Chinaman’ is not an appropriate term for a Chinese person, but it’s the responsibility of a news anchor to know,” said Steve DelVecchio, an editor for sports blog, “Larry Brown Sports.” “Faust would probably like to have that one back.”
Popular blog site “Angry Asian Man,” echoed the same sentiment, asking sportscasters to know better.
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“Please refrain from using the term ‘chinaman,’ the blog states. “I know you think this is okay, like it's the same as calling someone from France a Frenchman. I can see how you would think that. But ‘chinaman’ is considered a derogatory term. I know you had no idea. But now you know.”
"Chinaman" is considered derogatory for its historical context, when Chinese laborers slaved away in building America’s First Transcontinental Railroad between 1865 and 1869, according to “Asian Pacific Americans: A Handbook on How to Cover and Portray Our Nation's Fastest Growing Minority Group.”
Tianlang, who is the youngest to ever play at any major tournament in 148 years, won the Silver cup, a trophy for the tournament’s best-performing amateur.
In a similar incident, last February, ESPN editor Anthony Federico made national news himself for his editorial judgment, writing the headline “Chink In The Armor” for a story covering NBA star Jeremy Lin. Federico got fired because of that and later issued an apology.
Watch the news clip of Faust below:
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