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    One thing is sure ? Travis Lee is not North Korean because they don't use the transliteration Lee. People in both Koreas have the same names but there are different transliteration/romanization systems of the names. In North Korea, this particular name is transliterated Li or Ri whereas the south-korean transliteration of the same name is Lee or Rhee, or Yi. The initial Korean sound in the name is neither L, nor R but something between L and R. That is why the transliteration varies Li/Lee ~ Ri/Rhee ~ Yi.

    The Chinese Li/Lee situation is even more complicated than the Korean one. Li and Lee are generalized transliterations for a dozen Chinese names each of them written and pronounced in a particular way. There are versions like Lie, Lei...

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    I know this reply is kinda late, but I was in Vegas while the Travis Lee debate was occurring and just getting caught up on some of these older posts.

    It just so happened that my Asian friend Cheryl asked Travis about his ethnicity when we were in Vegas, to which he replied that he is half Chinese and half Japanese.

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    Well, that shows how much quicksingle and Schlottke know about Asians. Ha Ha Ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_single View Post
    He may be half Japanese as his middle name sounds it.
    I was half right Big!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_single View Post
    I was half right Big!


    Yeah, you were indeed. That Chinese half though somehow just wouldn't register with you.

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    thought I had asked someone and that's what they had told me.

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    So back to the orginal question:

    Would the Chinese let him wrestle for their team?
    Would he want to?

    I know many years the host nations brings in wringers for sports they have no athletic traditions in. I remember stories about the Greek baseball team who are all Americans with at least one Greek Grandparent.

    China is not world class by any measn in wrestling, but they do have a program and even won a gold in Greco at last year's World Championship.

    Making the US team is a extremely difficult, so he could concievably get the once in a lifetime experience of taking place in the Olympics if he competed for China, and I think he could be a legimate medal shot. However, I do not know how Travis would feel wearing a Chinese singlet. He could be proud of his Chinese heritage and still not want to represent the Chinese government.

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