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Obama is Linsane

BS: Jeremy Lin.

Obama: — doing good. And I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did, because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team. And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard. And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.

BS: Are you taking credit for “Linsanity”? It kind of feels like you are a little bit.

Obama: I can’t take credit for it, but I’m just saying I was there early.

BS: I’m surprised you didn’t steer him toward the Bulls. [Laughter.] He was floating around and getting waived by teams.

Obama: Well, we’ve got this pretty good point guard on the Bulls as well. So he might not have gotten as much PT as he did.

But look, it’s a great story. And what’s interesting is the fact that somehow folks were missing it in practice. I mean, that’s what’s interesting. Because you got to assume that during scrimmages he was running that pick-and-roll pretty well. And it is a terrific story. He seems like a wonderful young man. And, look, it elevates this great sport all around the world. It can’t hurt ratings for basketball in China.

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Asian American Basketball Leagues on NPR

A short interview with the writer Jamilah King from Colorlines who talks about the leagues.

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Jeremy Lin Mural

Yes, with the dirt lined streets and the roll down door after roll down door, there’s space for murals. Here’s a Jeremy Lin one. (Animal NY – Jeremy Lin)

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Wat Misaka in the News

Fun video of First Asian American NBA’er Wat Misaka is out and shows great video and still images. Of course his story is somewhat known in Asian American circles, it’s still far underground in the mainstream even though Misaka has been getting interviews nearly everywhere. And yes, it’s part of the Jeremy Lin effect that’s changing things just a little bit in the news. (KSL – Wat)


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Lin-Sanity: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Now Not With Fortune Cookies

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. They can do better than put fortune cookies in the ice cream. How about “Pee Pee in the Coke” or Ancient Chinese Secrets? An ice cream named after you is still an honor. (Yahoo – Ben and Jerry’s)


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Jeremy Lin Press Conference All Star Weekend

Click here to see the video. It’s about 15 minutes long.

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Jeremy Lin and Deep-Seated Racism?

From the UK. The head line of the article from the Guardian UK says a lot. It’s a rare mention of “Asian American” in this UK paper.

“Jeremy Lin row reveals deep-seated racism against Asian Americans

The racist language directed at the NBA Asian American basketball player has been quite something to behold”

(Guardian UK – Jeremy Lin)

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Asian American Journalists Association Jeremy Lin Guidelines

This is hilarious and sad that it’ll actually help people. Surely there’s meetings set up at some newsrooms.

Here are the guidelines:


1. Jeremy Lin is Asian American, not Asian (more specifically, Taiwanese American). It’s an important distinction and one that should be considered before any references to former NBA players such as Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi, who were Chinese. Lin’s experiences were fundamentally different than people who immigrated to play in the NBA. Lin progressed through the ranks of American basketball from high school to college to the NBA, and to characterize him as a foreigner is both inaccurate and insulting.

2. Lin’s path to Madison Square Garden: More than 300 division schools passed on him. Harvard University has had only three other graduates go on to the NBA, the most recent one being in the 1950s. No NBA team wanted Lin in the draft after he graduated from Harvard.



Linsanity Drives Girl’s Generation Song Writer to Insanity

New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin’s rise was guaranteed to eventually incite hate from both teams. It should come as no shock then that boxer Floyd Mayweather voiced his own criticisms of the Point Guard on the Twittersphere. After all, Mayweather released his own homophobic and racist rant against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao on YouTube in the past. To his credit, he at least toned down his rhetoric (profanity wise) concerning his opinion towards Lin.

“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” Mayweather tweeted. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

Alas, this entry isn’t about Mayweather so much as what swiftly followed.

Jenny Hyun–co-writer of Kpop group Girls’ Generation’s “How Great is Your Love” and Chocolat’s “One More Day”–pulled a Kenneth Eng and combated racism with more racism. Her following tweets called for the genocide of African Americans among other things.

It’s safe to say, her response wasn’t met with much praise and got to a point where she locked her Twitter account. She delivered a not so sincere apologized on her blog, all the while defending her inflammatory remarks.

She deleted the apology. In its place stands a seemingly more sincere one written by a third party explaining that she suffers from a psychotic episode and is undergoing treatment at a hospital. Whether or not this was the subtle work of a hacker is yet to be revealed. However a closer inspection of her blog reveals that she identifies as Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and Humanist. With a synchronicity like that, my bet’s on insanity.


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Jeremy Lin Trademark in China

Lin Shuhao trademarked in China in 2010 which means legit Jeremy Lin products will probably emerge. It seems like challenging these in China is a tough business. Perhaps he can just make his own bootlegs and beat the real thing. (WSJ – Lin TM)

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Jeremy Lin – What About His Eyes Comment

In reference to Jeremy Lin’s size etc, an anchor asks, “What about his Eyes?” Again transpose this to another person of color, “What about his nose? What about his lips? What about his… ” and what would happen? WNYW, that’s messed up too.

(Deadspin – Lin Eyes)


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Asian Americans in Basketball

Asian league basketball through the ages hasn’t produced too many stars on the court. I even played a season in Japanese American league basketball, only to realize that I sucked. In my first season, I scored 1 basket and it happened in the last game. I often wondered why did we have a segregated league, and what happened to the very best players. In the past, most of the best players went to high school and never tried out for the high school team. Instead they were content starring in a league of players – some of who were like me. Now it’s changing, players are taking that step and kicking ass on their own high school teams. It’s happening more with the females who are playing in college and the rare ones making it to the WNBA.

It’s pretty obvious why an article like this is pertinent today. (Colorlines – bball)


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Jeremy Lin Skit on SNL

Funny stuff that bends racial issues and touches upon big issues in the end. Showing the differences between African American, Asian and White. Who’s ok to say what and so on… yeah parts are funny.

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Chink in The Armor Writer Gets Fired

ESPN writes “Chink in the Armor” in reference to Jeremy Lin and the recent Knicks loss and the writer gets fired. It was up 35 minutes. We know what year it is, what time it is, and ESPN is huge. People are watching that site every second in their newsroom. 35 minutes, and how many writers are sitting around reading it? They fire one single person over this and in the end, ESPN will soon be forgiven.

How stupid can they be? NBA and ESPN are associated, why isn’t the NBA stepping up with any kind of remark or sanction? AND you know… if it were a person of another color… they would. It’s still an uphill battle.



Amare& Mello& Chandler& Lin. T Shirt

Yes, it’s here. He’s here. The team is here.



Jeremy Lin Fortune Cookie – Racism

Knicks MSG Network makes a graphic and strikes out. Is it ok to include an African American player and watermelon? ribs? fried chicken? White player and cornbread? milkbottles? trailers? Mexican player and sleeping dude at a cactus? C’mon!

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Jeremy Lin on the Cover of SI

Most of you don’t buy magazines. It’s proven by the decline of the magazine industry, but then why do people care so much that he’s on the cover of this magazine that’s quickly shrinking in size? Tradition? If he were on the cover of si.com, you would probably think, “ok cool” but since he made it to the print edition that you hardly see or bat an eye to, it matters a lot. It’s about tradition and a popular magazine, and the Jeremy Lin story matters to Asian Americans, but most are not supporting SI by paying for this.

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Jeremy Lin Watch is On

Jeremy Lin watch is on. It’s happening by Asian Americans everywhere. Like the photos and imagery of people watching games or huge events at a TV shop showroom window, it happening on iPhones, bars, and everywhere. Last night, the Lakers played the Knicks. In LA, everyone’s a Laker fan, but for this one game, Asian Americans routed for just 1 player over their own local heroes.

Below, I watched part of the game through the barred window at a barber shop in Echo Park. The folks inside routed for the Lakers, us Asian Americans outside, it was for Jeremy Lin. One customer emerged and talked about how the Lakers weren’t playing well, oblivious to the fact that we didn’t care.


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Chinky Eyes Problem – Two Lines – Starbucks VS Jeremy Lin

The Chinky Eyes are fine sometimes, when done by an Asian or Asian American, but not okay when it happens at Starbucks. It happened in Georgia to two Korean customers as reported in Angryasianman. This becomes part of the “N-Word” issue. Who says it? When is it okay? The N Word – the variety with the “a” at the end has crossed borders and it says behind closed doors with some racist overtones. Perhaps from it being used by Denzel Washington to hip hoppers everywhere. The chinky eyed character. Is it now ok? Is it not? Is it ok if it’s done behind closed doors? Does anyone want to draw this anyway? Or is it only in malice or racism? It’s a topic that’s not up for debate, but in a short amount of time, it’s appeared in two different contexts. One, okay as it appeared in media everywhere and another Starbucks that’s not ok.

It’s all about the intention and it’s important to know that humor might not transcend the lines of perceived racism.


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David Choe vs Jeremy Lin – Biggest Asian American News Makers

In the last few days, two names have emerged as the biggest news makers of Asian America – perhaps of the year, and it’s only early February. Our friend, David Choe (below right) made huge news because of a Facebook mural, the right choice, and reportedly $200 million dollars. No, he didn’t build Facebook, but he decorated it and chose stocks over a decent sum of money for his labor in 2005. Years later, he has more than a winning lotto ticket or even Kobe Bryant. He’s been on Howard Stern, Nightline tomorrow, and there’s plenty of media he’s turning down. He’s been in the forefront of the news.



Then there’s Jeremy Lin, two games 58 points, a lot of assists and he’s playing in New York City. From the dumps to one of the biggest stages in sports. Who knows what kind of contract he has and what will happen in the next game or when the other guards heal up, but he’s doing the Jackie Robinson type of thing in the NBA for Asian America, although it’s only 2 games.



Surely, the Jeremy Lin story might be more important although it’s a mere two games and not an annual All Star candidate, but he’s pushing Asian America in the most traditional ways. From high school stand out to Harvard to the NBA, getting cut a few times then sent to the D League, and now “starring.” Yet, the Choe story is something that’s akin to a new Asian America and new world. Social media riches isn’t the same as the age old NBA, yet for an outspoken Asian American, it’s a great medium and in the case of David Choe, he chose free speeching Howard Stern as his first interview over all of traditional media and was interviewed by Barbara Walters doing graffiti.

Since the title of the post has a vs… who’s news is more important? It’s hard to tell just yet. David Choe has potential energy to do a lot more and go to the billionaire mark and be the biggest artist period. Jeremy Lin can be a great basketball player. An All Star if he keep playing like he is, at the moment, Jeremy Lin has the edge but it can die out. Choe on the other hand is like Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions. Who knows what he’ll do.

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