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syntheticzeroMikeonetwo I see what' you're saying. Asians tend to have a more family or group orientated culture, therefore you think that translates in Jeremy Lin's basketball style of getting his teammates involved in the game.I think that's really a bit of a stretch, I mean yes Asian culture is more group-orientated and yes Jeremy Lin's strengths is getting his teammates involved in the game, but I don't think they're both related. He plays the point guard position, a role in which you're suppose to facilitate plays and share the ball. Basketball is a team sport, you're suppose to get everyone involved. I think he's able to get everyone involved because he's a great point guard and a good overall basketball player. To say his skills are related to his Asian cultural background is too much of a stretch to me.
1 year, 10 months ago on What I See In Jeremy Lin
I don't like the over-dramatization of Jeremy Lin and describing as Jeremy Lin as something he's not. I'm Asian American and I am a Knicks fan, Jeremy Lin means a great deal to me not because he's Asian, because this kid uplifted a horrible team, made everyone better, and his whole underdog story. I could careless if he was Asian or not, the fact that you uplifted your team and make everyone more confident shows great character.The writer is talking about how he's so small and meek, and that Jeremy Lin made him realize he has a "voice" and has "control". The writer seems to be one of the many Asians that are trying to make Jeremy Lin into a messiah-like entity that will bring Asian Americans into the promise land. Does anyone think these are Jeremy Lin's intentions? Does anyone here REALLY think Jeremy Lin is trying to inspire a bunch of "small" and "meek" Asians into believing you they have a "voice" and "control"?I really don't think so. Jeremy Lin was concerned about getting minutes to play in the NBA so he doesn't get cut and lose his job. Now he's concerned about making the Knicks win games.
gman711 You're way over your head. Are you saying that there were so few Asian Americans in the NBA due to racism? That the NBA just doesn't like Asians? I don't understand how you say white America views Asians as "slanted eyed, yellow skin minorities" that face "discrimination and racism" and that Asians should not try so hard to assimilate. Yet, you say we should gain respect of white America with our jobs, community and society. I mean if you're an Asian in America trying to gain respect of white America with jobs, community, and society, isn't that assimilating lol?Also, you're saying Jeremy Lin is giving a big middle finger to white America? Like, really? Do you honestly think this is what's going through Jeremy Lin's mind lol?
What you're saying is exactly what's wrong with Asian America. This idea that Asians face a great deal of discrimination and racism is over-the-top, this whole "the world is against Asians" mentality. Do Asian American's face discrimination and racism? Yes definitely, as do all ethnic groups. But look at blacks, Latinos, Mid-Eastern people post-9/11, and homosexuals. Those groups get persecuted much more worse than Asian Americans. Any black and Latino person can tell you how the police treat them sometimes, what Mid-Eastern people deal with after 9/11, and the treatment homosexuals get in this country. If two men were seen kissing in certain parts of this country, they would literally get jumped and beaten up.
What are common racist and discriminatory things you feel Asian Americans go through? Latinos and blacks go through police brutality and racial profiling, Mid-Eastern people get harassed due to their national background and religious beliefs, homosexuals get bullied and beaten up for being gay. What do you feel are common Asian American struggles that this country gives us? I disagree with you, but I am not married to my ideas, I am open to your point of view because maybe I am misunderstanding something.
TheFix82 I completely agree with you. The story is dramatized for rhetorical purposes.
yinxzon I think it's Grand Central in New York.
jhlrollingwheels jhl, you read did bring some insight to how I feel about the article. I wrote a comment above reflecting on what you and others said.
I wrote a response to both your comments above if you guys want to read it.
I've been one of the people that disagreed with the writer but now I'm more open to the other point of view and I have a better understanding of both sides now. dkim529 and I share the same sentiment about how the writer seems to be uncomfortable in his own skin, "I’m Asian. I’m American. I’m small, unassuming, and meek. But I have a voice and I have control. And I hope that one day I’ll be able to showcase it as confidently as Jeremy Lin has with his." The fact that you need a basketball player to show you have a voice and control seems silly to me, I think we should all realize we have a voice and control despite Jeremy Lin being a great basketball player.
But someone commented on my post saying that he was bullied in school, that many Asian Americans get bullied due to their ethnic background, and that Jeremy Lin represents a symbol of an Asian that is respectable and not as weak. I completely understand that. For me my problem with the writer was the way he expressed how Jeremy Lin was almost messiah-like. If you're inspired by Jeremy Lin that's great, but to be in tears after the Lakers game and to realize that you have a voice and control due to Jeremy Lin's performance, it's just over the top for some people reading the article.
So is the overall consensus this: Jeremy Lin = great basketball player, inspiring to some. Writer = over the top in terms of how he is affected by Jeremy Lin?
rollingwheels What is the plight of the Asian American? I am Asian American and I didn't feel like I experienced a plight, not to say other Asian Americans did not experience it and I'm not trying to down-play it if there is such thing. Please explain further because I do disagree with the author but perhaps I'm misunderstanding the other point of view.
Amen to that TheFix82
That's the problem. The writer is making out like Jeremy Lin like he's a symbol of sociopolitical change. I love Jeremy Lin, but he's just a great basketball player. This article makes it like Jeremy Lin creating a social-cultural revolution.
"What do we see in Jeremy Lin? Ourselves – and the options in life that we may not have truly believed existed before"
Isn't the writer taking Jeremy Lin a little too seriously lol? And this guy is in tears from the Lakers game, am I the only one that found that odd?!
rdaza " ...for all the pretentious chattering classes of America to jabber about" LOL
Caseydtp Glad someone else can see that.
Am I the only one that thinks the writer is taking this Jeremy Lin thing a little too seriously lol? I'm a huge Knicks fan, I'm Asian American, and I love Jeremy Lin, but not because Jeremy Lin is Asian. I love Jeremy Lin because he transformed a horrible Knicks team to something amazing. This guy is moved to tears from the Lakers game? Jeezus LOL. Jeremy Lin is a great athlete, stop with this overanalyzing of sociopolitical issues of Asian Americans.