- SEA Games gold medalist Agatha Wong has received criticisms saying she won due to her Chinese roots
She explained that while she’s “a fourth Chinese”, she’s been born and raised in the Philippines and is a true Filipina
- The wushu sensation shared she’s proud of representing her country, the Philippines
SEA Games gold medalist Agatha Wong defended herself from critics who are saying she won because she is Chinese.
Agatha, who bagged two gold medals in wushu for the Philippines, had to explain that she’s a true Filipina. The athlete has been receiving flak for her last name as critics credited her success to her Chinese roots.
On Twitter, Agatha wrote her reaction and said that she’s a true Filipino by heart. She wrote, “My last name’s Chinese & yet I am a Filipina; more than anything. I was born in the Philippines, grew up in the PH & represent the Philippines wherever I go. Mahal ko ang bayan ko.”
She continued that she competed and won as a Filipino. Agatha said, “So don’t tell me I’m Chinese kaya ako nanalo. Nanalo ako dahil Pilipino ako, at lalaban ako.”
On her Facebook account, Agatha explained that she’s “only a fourth” Chinese and had never lived in China.
She added, “We’re not traditionally Chinese. Pilipinong pilipino magulang ko, we just happen to have mixed Chinese & American blood! My dad (who’s Chinese) can’t even speak Mandarin.”
Agatha called out those who kept on pointing out her Chinese roots. She said, “So all you people who keep saying I’m Chinese and not Filipino, I am. With my heart, I am Filipino. I’m proud to be a Filipino and I will continue to represent my country for as long as my body, mind & heart can.”
Agatha bagged gold medals in the women’s taolu taijiquan and taolu taijijian events. Back in 2017 SEA Games, she also won a gold.