The LPGA is committed to changing the face of golf, making the sport we love more diverse, accessible, and inclusive. This month we are proud to share the stories of our Asian Pacific American Tour players, teachers, amateurs, and junior golfers as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Chapter: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
LPGA.com: What does Asian Pacific American Heritage Month mean to you?
Stacey Baba: It is a wonderful way to celebrate the rich fabric of the United States. We are able to openly share who we are with others and to tell our story. It provides a forum for discussing and most important for listening.
Q: What comes to mind when you think of the culture, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?
A: I am sad at times because I do reflect on the discrimination and the challenges that many have faced. But I am heartened by the strength and determination that people have demonstrated to rise above and to be successful.
Q: Why is it important to dedicate time towards this type of recognition and celebration?
A: Our points of view are shaped by our own history and by my sharing my history with you, I hope that you will understand me better.
Q: What are meaningful ways organizations or individuals can recognize and celebrate the culture, heritage, history, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?
A: Being very mindful of the lack of diversity that many organizations still face. Make it your mission for outreach to underrepresented communities and provide opportunities for individuals to participate. Highlight individuals of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made a difference to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. If a person sees a person who looks like them, it plants the seed, "that could be me!