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Korean Singer Eric Nam Discusses His Struggles With Racism In The United States

By Tamar Herman | October 24, 2015 01:55 PM EDT

On Wednesday, Korean singer and variety show star Eric Nam discussed dealing with racism as a student in the United States.

Nam, who was raised in the United States, appeared on SBS's "Finding Genius" on Oct. 21. The entertainer admitted to being an excellent student, but struggled with racism in a Georgia high school where he was the only Asian student.

Eric Nam went to high school in Atlanta, and revealed that he got 750 out of 800 on the math section of the SAT's. He attended the prestigious Lovett School and graduated in 2007, but his time there was filled difficulties due to being the only Asian at the school.

"I wanted to quit at times because racism was so hard for me to deal with," Nam said during the show. "I was the only Asian in school. The worst thing that happened was that I was spat upon."

During the show, Eric Nam also showed off his English and Spanish speaking skills.

Nam released a single "Dream" in May, featuring Park Ji Min of the girl group 15&. He also is a regular host of the Arirang TV show "After School Club."

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Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and has written for MTV Iggy, Noisey, and Paste Magazine.

Tagged :  eric nam, high school, racism

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