Being neither a full-blooded Korean nor a full American, he reminisced over the days when he would be outcast as a child for not ‘fitting in’.
“When I came to Korea, I was treated as an American, and when I went to America, I was treated as a Korean. So I was always an outcast.” he remembered. “So I exercised and studied as hard as I could, because I thought the only way I could beat them was to be in first place. I wanted to show them I was a person.”
“I always kept my head down. I would never have enough confidence to raise my head. I just studied very hard,” said Ricky Kim, whose English name is Ricky Lee Neely.
Source: Newsen via Nate