Newspaper article China Post

Jeremy Lin's Hard Work, Not Ethnicity, Should Inspire Youth

Newspaper article China Post

Jeremy Lin's Hard Work, Not Ethnicity, Should Inspire Youth

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Jeremy Lin, the first-ever Taiwanese-American NBA player, has become a household name after miraculously coming off the bench to lead the New York Knicks for a season-high seven-game winning streak.

With his amazing performances averaging 20-plus points and nearly double-digit assists per game during the ongoing winning run, the 23-year-old Harvard graduate has captured the hearts of Knicks fans and the attention of the national media in the United States.

As an Asian-American hoop player, the so-called "Linsanity" has also spread across the Pacific Ocean to solicit support of millions of basketball fans in Asia, especially those in Taiwan because of his connection to the country.

Both of Lin's parents are from central Taiwan's Changhua County, later immigrating to the U.S. decades ago where Lin was born and raised.

Though not fluent, Lin can also speak Mandarin Chinese and has traveled to Taiwan several times, visiting his parents' family as well as to coach young players.

Because of the special bond, Taiwanese people consider him a local son and a "Pride of Taiwan." An estimated 1 million people, both hoop fans and non-hoop fans, have been closely watching his games. A tremendous amount of media coverage is following every move of the promising young player.

The rising NBA star is definitely something worth being happy about for Taiwanese, and his underdog story is equally inspiring for all.

We must point out, however, that it is still somewhat of a stretch for some local media in calling him a "Pride of Taiwan," or likening him to Taiwan-native former Yankees ace hurler Chien-Ming Wang or No.1 female golfer Yani Tseng.

After all, Lin is a through-and-through American and Taiwan has contributed very little in the making of the overnight-sensation, which is totally different from the cases of Wang and Tseng, both of whom received training here and began their early professional careers locally.

Instead of cheering Lin solely because of his association with Taiwan, what we should learn from him is how he is able to excel in the highly competitive NBA in which very few players are of Asian descent. …

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