Asian-Americans rejoice as Lin smashes stereotypes

By Jesse Washington

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Feb. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans (13) passes away from New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler, front left, and Jared Jeffries, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game as Knicks' Jeremy Lin, background, watches on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in New York.

Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

The obscurity-to-fame story of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has thrilled sports fans around the country, but it's particularly struck a nerve with the Asian-American community.

Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes — Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming and Ichiro Suzuki among them. But Lin has a new and different appeal.

As the child of Taiwanese immigrants, Lin is quintessentially Asian-American. He was ignored instead of hyped. He has emerged from the end of the bench to hoist the sinking Knicks to win after improbable win

Phil Yu, founder of the influential blog Angry Asian Man, says Asian-Americans are still seen as foreigners in the United States. He says seeing Lin accepted and celebrated in a U.S.-born sport makes Asian-Americans feel more accepted.

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