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Breaking Barriers – The Jeremy Lin Effect

Posted on: February 28, 2012 | By FelixFromNYC

Let me start off by saying this to my fellow Asian men, particularly those of you that have spent a good part of your life here in the U.S.  If you do not remotely feel any sort of pride or joy in the success story of Jeremy Lin, I don’t think you can really be considered an Asian man.  Sorry.  I can pretty much sum it up like this: for all the William Hungs and countless other Asians that have reinforced the negative Asian male stereotypes, Lin is helping people forget all that negativity.  One pass, slam dunk and game-winning 3 pointer at a time.

First let me tell you a bit about my own personal experiences, which I’m sure is not uncommon among other Asian American men that were raised here in the U.S.  Ever since grade school I had to deal with racism.  Whether it was people calling me silly names, or making up taunts that they thought sounded like Chinese (e.g. – ching chong, ding dong, etc.). Read more

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