Once upon a time, a few months ago "Linsanity" gripped the nation! What's Linsanity? You all know Jeremy Lin right? That bench warmer who outscored the Lakers one fateful NBA game! At this time I was talking to a friend and he was telling me about Lin and I was thinking that I might blog about him, having East Asian heritage and all that. But then I thought about it more deeply and came to this extremely obvious yet somehow profound conclusion. "Wait a second! Jeremy Lin isn't East Asian, he's American! The guy was born in L.A!" and thus I maintain it would be inappropriate to blog about him on my blog called "Alex's East Asian Studies".
|Mr. Lin himself.|
|I read this sometime ago. Wanna learn about Asian-American culture? Read it!|
So next time you want to ask your classmate or co-worker Paul Yu from the state of Mississippi if he ever learned Kung Fu or studied the Confucian classics, take some time and think for a second. Look at him as a fellow countryman. He may have a different heritage sure, and because of that likely had a different experience in his formative years but ask yourself this: You may think China when you look at Jeremy Lin but do you think Africa when you think Michael Jordan? How much sense does that actually make?
Join me next time when I'll talk about East-Asian Women and bullshit stereotypes!
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