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The Asian American Man and Jeremy Lin

February 15, 2012

I came across this opinion piece on CNN.com by Rick Quan.

The part the struck me the most:

Lin has also struck a chord among Asian-American men. I have heard many negative stereotypes over the years. We aren’t tall enough, sexy enough, strong enough or good-looking enough. These stereotypes are still portrayed in our culture today. Just take a look at the Asian male character on the TV show “Two Broke Girls,” or read the crude sexual tweet by the sports columnist Jason Whitlock. I have faced my own share of stereotypes as a rare Chinese-American television sportscaster. (I believe I was the first in the country.)

Many of you have endured my rants about the negative portrayal and stereotypes of Asian men in the media.  I’m so proud someone is shattering those stereotypes.

Hollywood, when will you wake up and smell the coffee?

UPDATE: seconds after I posted the above, Wifey posted this article on FB.  What an AWESOME article.

To truly appreciate and understand the joy of what Jeremy Lin is doing right now, to know why so many of us Asian American males are wearing his jersey and chanting his name, you had to have cringed as that gong sounded whenever Long Duk Dong came into a scene. You had to be called his name at school and pretend it didn’t hurt and then laugh along with your “friends.” You had to let that shame burn inside you until it bordered on self-loathing.

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