As an Asian American growing up in the New York area, I love Jeremy Lin. I don’t even like basketball, but it was exciting to see someone who looks like me on television in any capacity, let alone sports. My brother has his Lin Knicks jersey, and I swore this season I would get into basketball enough to follow the Nets for Lin alone. So I was intrigued when the New York Times ran an essay yesterday by sports correspondent Andrew Keh called ‘I Was Never Jackie Chan, and I’m Not Jeremy Lin‘. It’s a great read, and quick, but if you haven’t seen it yet, Keh writes on the reality Asian Americans face being compared to other Asian Americans.
“An absence of reference points for Asian identity in popular culture has helped create a perpetual stream of hackneyed encounters, for men and women, children and adults,” writes Keh.
He notes, in a way that’s both humorous and infuriating, that he looks nothing like Jeremy Lin. He’s just an Asian guy.