Slurs and stereotypes: why US pro sports leagues lack Asian American stars
I‘ll try to remember 14 February 2012, partly as it was my birthday but also because America was in the grip of Linsanity, a blinding two-week period in which Jeremy Lin was among the many world’s best basketball players. That day, Lin hoisted up a three-pointer eventually winding down contrary to the Toronto Raptors.
Yes, that game.
The shot went in and, as Lin celebrated wildly with his teammates, I’m enthralled. Players who looked like me weren’t meant to be on NBA courts, much less dominate them. For tens of thousands of kids as i am around America, Lin’s emergence meant something.