Yup! My Facebook feed is overrun with Linsanity. The struggle over Lin is already beginning, he represents a whole box of political footballs. First there is the Taiwan-China thing -- yet Lin is American and his Mandarin is rudimentary (here's one discussion from the pro-Taiwan side). In what sense can he be considered Taiwanese, let alone Chinese? It just shows how "blood" continues to define who is Chinese for so many out here. Then there is the Asian-Americans in sports thing. Lin is also some kind of evangelical Christian, so we have the Tim Tebow thing going too. If Lin's hot hand continues, he might well become a phenomenon greater than Yankee pitcher Wang Chien-ming in Taiwan....
Yet as my man Andrew Kerslake (blog) pointed out on Facebook:
In Taiwan there is a lot of local pride in the success of Jeremy Lin and the realization of his hoop dreams. I can not help but consider that had Lin actually grown up in Taiwan, he may never have realized his dream or even dared to dream it. Under the current educational system he would likely have been discouraged by his teachers and peers. He would likely have been buried in the type of meaningless placement tests and endless cramming that extinguish intellectual curiosity and the passion for learning. He would likely have had 2 hours of PE a week and told that athletics are a waste of time. Taiwan has no reason to be glad handing over Lin. Only in America.Well said, Drew.
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