Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Lin’

Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


(NBC Sports) Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships.

Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did UCLA, Oregon or any other Pac-12 school. Lin had the grades, SATs and resume to get into Harvard, so he went East.

We now know Lin as the guy who was good enough at Harvard to get a shot at NBA Summer League, where he turned heads and got some shots in the NBA until the perfect storm came together and “Linsanity” hit New York.

But why was that talent not recognized out of high school. Lin was frank in discussing that with Charlie Rose on 60 minutes that aired Sunday night.

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Linsanity is at the Movies

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


(NBC Bay Area) For a while, he was a great unknown. Now Jeremy Lin is merely great — and the whole experience was caught on camera.

Lin, the Bay Area native and onetime castoff of the Golden State Warriors, catapulted to international acclaim as the NBA's biggest star of Asian descent since Yao Ming. His unlikely rise from Harvard player to bench warmer to the New York Knicks' surprise catalyst last season is documented in "Linsanity," a film which has its Bay Area debut next week at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.

Evan Jackson Leong had special access to Lin — the filmmaker harassed Lin in his Harvard days to let him do a movie about the basketball player,according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Rise of the Tiger Nation

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

(Wall Street Journal) Last March, an interviewer archly asked President Barack Obama whether he was aware that he had been "surpassed" by basketball phenomenon Jeremy Lin "as the most famous Harvard graduate." The question was misformulated. If there was any surpassing going on, it was that Mr. Lin had become, briefly, more famous than Mr. Obama as the country's most exemplary figure from a hitherto marginalized minority.

Mr. Lin's triumph on the basketball court is a living metaphor for the social group he comes from. No one would dispute the opening paragraph of the Pew Research Center's massive study of Asian-Americans, released over the summer: "Asian-Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place more value than other Americans do on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success." Or as Mr. Lin put it in a video of congratulation he made last spring for the overwhelmingly Asian-American graduates of New York City's famed Stuyvesant High School: "Never let anyone tell you what you can't do."

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From Min Chang to Jeremy Lin, China lives the US dream, what Indian-Americans can learn from them

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

(Economic Times) In one of the most high-profile sports signings of the year, NBA's Houston Rockets last week signed Chinese American basketball star Jeremy Lin for $25 million over four years. Part of the reason the Rockets signed Lin, who has starred in only a handful of NBA games until now, was his marketing potential, especially among the Chinese Americans in the Houston area.


Since his departure, the Forbes magazine reported that the share value of Madison Square Garden, the home games venue of Lin's former team New York Knicks, plummeted by more than $93 million.

Lin's meteoric rise earlier this year as the first big league star athlete from the Chinese American community — the largest Asian American group — had become a global media story. Yet, the Harvard graduate is not the first bona fide celebrity from the community.

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Chang’s rise helped pave way for Lin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

(ESPN) Jeremy Lin isn't just carrying the New York Knicks.

He's carrying the hopes and dreams of legions of fellow Asian Americans. Most have never met Lin but might feel like they know him. They've been starving for someone like him to come around and break the stereotypes of a race that has been dubbed the "model minority."

He's the boy they grew up with, the one who was in the same class as their daughter, who played sports with their son.

Michael Chang can relate. Two-and-a-half decades ago, he was that boy.

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Trice: Before ‘Linsanity,’ 2 Asian-American brothers were a fixture on the court

Monday, March 5th, 2012

(Chicago Tribune) When Drew Lee and his younger brother Joe were in elementary school in the mid-1990s, they would sneak to the park during the summer to spend long hours playing basketball. Their parents were deeply involved with their Christian ministry and initially had no idea.

At the park, the brothers stood out for several reasons: They were little, just 7 and 9 years old, scrappy and tireless. They, and a friend, also were the only Asian-Americans on the courts.

"Sometimes camp counselors (at the park) would see us out there so much, and they didn't want to just kick us off the court, so they invited us to play against their players and do drills," said Drew, 26, who's Korean-American. "We learned a lot and it boosted our confidence."

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‘Asian Playboy’ Teaches Asian Men to Get Over Racial Stereotypes, Build Confidence

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

(ABCNews, Juju Chang) Jeremy Lin has dunked and dazzled his way toward shattering the Asian geek stereotype — good at math, not good with the ladies.

Growing up Asian-American, my sisters and I were painfully aware of the biases, but it was worse for my brother.

But "Asian beefcake" has become hot in Hollywood too, with "Glee's" Harry Shum, Jr., "Hawaii 5-0's" Daniel Dae Kim, and Ken Jeong in "Community" and "The Hangover" films.

Enter JT Tran, the self-styled "Asian Playboy," who has built an empire from hosting dating seminars for single Asian men, who pay thousands of dollars to learn the art of romance from him.

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Ben & Jerry’s replaces fortune cookies in ‘Lin-Sanity’ flavor after controversy

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

(Yahoo Sports) Ben & Jerry's will take fortune cookies out of its new Jeremy Lin-inspired ice cream flavor after hearing complaints that the ingredient was racist.

The limited-edition flavor, "Taste the Lin-Sanity," originally featured vanilla frozen yogurt, honey swirls and bits of fortune cookies, the latter ingredient serving as an obvious nod to Lin's heritage. After the backlash, the company pulled the cookies from the mix and replaced them with waffle cone pieces that will be served on the side.

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Asian-Americans feel a real connection to Jeremy Lin

Friday, February 24th, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) They know what it feels like to be overlooked. People, they say, assume they are weak, servile, out of place. So when these Asian-Americans watch Jeremy Lin slash and shoot his way through the NBA's finest, it's almost as if they are on the basketball court with the Palo Alto point guard who has set the zeitgeist on fire.

Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes — Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming, Michelle Wie, Ichiro Suzuki. Tiger Woods was embraced for his Thai side. But Lin has a new and different appeal — a homegrown star besting some of the world's greatest athletes in an intensely physical sport. Asian-Americans have done well in America in many areas, but not this one.

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ESPN Jeremy Lin Headline: Civil Rights Organization Demands More Than Apology

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

(Huffington Post) Though ESPN apologized for referring to Jeremy Lin as "Chink in the Armor" Friday night, an Asian-American civil rights organization isn't satisfied with the response.

ESPN changed the headline, and apologized, but the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, an organization that promotes civil rights for Asian Americans, wants the network to do even more.

In a statement posted its site, the AALDEF said that the term used was "inexcusable" and wants ESPN to apologize on air so that "it is clear to all viewers that this racist language is unacceptable."

The AALDEF offered to meet with the network to help educate its staff and establish procedures to prevent such slurs from appearing in their work.

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