Growing up in America as an ‘Asian-American’ can suck. For one thing, there’s the term ‘Asian-America’, which groups more than half of the world population into one check-box. It groups China and India together, and forget about nuances like Sri Lanka. Anyways. Then there’s the sports. For a shorter, smaller person, popular sports like football and basketball are just out of reach. No matter how talented you are or how hard you work, a seven foot African can always come in and cane you. Except sometimes, however, when a little guy wins.
Take Jeremy Lin. If you watch the video above he’s just an amazing basketball player, and fun to watch. He’s also a (tall) Asian-American (of Chinese/Taiwanese descent) who’s unafraid to challenge assumptions and become a basketball star. There’s a huge media hype about him, but it seems like he’s been a pretty consistent player throughout high-school and university (Harvard). He’s quite exciting to watch, not cause he’s flashy but because he simply threads lay-ups and passes in to score and drive his team forward. It’s compelling sport.