Go Yani! Go Taiwan!
Yani Tseng Of Taiwan, Not Of China
By Kickntrue on 9/21/10
LPGA Superstar Yani Tseng was reportedly offered a $25M endorsement deal from a Chinese company with the condition that she would have to change her citizenship. She said no.
The business was not named, but the Post reports that it has been courting Tseng for a year and that it tendered her a five-year $25 million contract, "plus the use of private jets and a luxury villa in Beijing, the father was quoted by Apple Daily as saying."

The caveat, becoming a Chinese citizen, was immediately rejected. "We cannot change the nationality," her father, Mao-hsin Tseng said, according to Apple Daily. "So we rejected it right away."
I love the USA and all... but I'd become about anything you want me to for $25M. Chinese, Iraqi, Martian. I don't care. I guess "props" to Yani for denying this- but MAN, that's a lot of money, especially for an LPGA'er.

For the record- I'm not a complete idiot. I know there are huge political issues/tensions between Taiwan and China. I'd say it's like a the USA trying to claim Justin Beiber, but I realize it's a little stronger than that. I'm just making the point that $25M is a lot of money to turn down.

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Banker85 says:
Her family must be rich and have tremendous loyalty to their country.
KVSmith59 says:
I'd become a citizen of Hell for that kind of dough
birdieXris says:
Props to Yani though> I mean, regardless of the money -- you've gotta stand for something. Top notch.
mmontisano says:
@KVSmith59 that can be arranged.

move to Hell, Michigan.
legitimatebeef says:
Fuck yeah. $25 mil is a ton of money but it would come with a great cost. She would lose much respect. She has great potential and will earn more opportunities to endorse shit. She may not be striking like Wie or whatevers but she has a great fighting spirit that ordinary people can relate to I think. If nothing else she can be an icon in her own country and in China too.
Zepo1a says:
Wait..what? I'm confused..that looks like a picture of a man...
Swingem says:
"dude looks like a lady"! uh, maybe the other way around. Anyway, good for her/him for drawing the line.
Kickntrue says:
@zep01a- I'll agree that's not the most flattering picture of Yani- but by all accounts she's funny, hilarious and cute off the course- and a killer on it. The LGPA could do worse for role models.
wrhall02 says:
The ROC (Taiwan) vs PROC (China) rift runs deep. It's kind of a David vs Goliath story. Shag Kai Shek vs. Mao Tse Dung, the death march, several "close to nuclear" confrontations in the China straights...Taiwanese are fiercely loyal to their Republic. They have to be; a few million have managed to fight off a few billion people.

I doubt any Taiwanese would sell themselves to become a Chinese citizen at any price...but I know about a billion Chinese would become Taiwanese citizens without any offer of compensation.
LongTimeAway says:
Nicely said wrhall02.
TheIronChef says:
@Banker85 no her family is just average
tcjonny says:
@wrhall02 and @LongTimeAway i agree, i understand 25M is a TON of cash, but I spent some time in China and I would equate the nationality change almost along the lines of having an American join the Nazi party in 1939. Its just something you don't do.
Shane1 says:
She's Taiwanese....they HATE the mainland. It's no different than offering $5M to Arnold Palmer during the 1950s to become a Soviet....not going to happen. On another note, why does the LPGA/Golf Channel, etc insist on using that gay Olympic flag symbol for Taiwan players vs. the actual flag of the country? I know if I were Taiwanese, I'd make sure I wore my country's flag on every outfit I played in and use it on my golf bag anyway I could....
MULAN_7757 says:
She should have negotiated the citizenship part...maybe it would have worked out!
formosports says:
Being a Taiwanese isn't a pride thing, its being the truth... and she stands by her country as most Americans do when they stand by their country. I highly doubt anybody would give up their US citizenship for a country like Iran or North Korea for $25 million. This political nonsense in sports is ridiculous for Taiwanese players... they play for a country not some ridiculous politics that China keeps insisting.
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