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Tuesday Oct 15

Linsanity: A Review

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Almost all of us who grew up in the 1990s and later have them, those endless home videos your parents took of you at every piano recital, sports game, vacation and laughable family moment.

They were not a waste or annoying specters of the past. These home clips, combined with newsreels and interviews, have a place in the documentary Linsanity which came out in theaters last Friday.

Filming began while Jeremy Lin was a senior at Harvard, and director Evan Jackson Leong followed Lin through his tense ordeal with the NBA to Linsanity early last year. Most of Linsanity deals with Lin’s ups and downs through the sports divisions and teams, which make little sense to the non-sports fan. Woven into this journey is Lin’s spiritual life, interviews with his pastor and moments from Sunday services. But just as Lin drew the Asian community to television screens in February 2012 because of his background, Linsanity connects with viewers because it expresses the Asian American experience. Most of the audience in the few rows of the East Village AMC theater late Sunday afternoon were Asian. 

Linsanity hits the hearts of Asian Americans because Lin is just one of us — whose life is on the big screen.

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Friday Apr 12

Jeremy Lin: Towards A Frank Discussion of the Asian American Experience

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While New York City and the basketball world at large was swept up in the hysteria of Linsanity last spring, I was studying in Madrid, Spain, largely oblivious to the meteoric rise to fame of the young Asian American point guard. But I began to understand his significance when my mother name-dropped him while we spoke over Skype one day. That she, a 60-year-old Chinese American woman with no interest in sports, was following Lin was a testament to the fact that among Asian Americans, Lin was (and is) more than just a basketball player. 

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Wednesday Feb 6

18mr:

This is pretty much the cutest thing ever. In case you needed a pick-me-up from all the angrymaking things on the internet today.

Another great, up-lifting video by the Jubilee Project! The Last Pick, featuring Jeremy Lin.

Thursday Oct 18

"Jeremy Lin: The Musical: A Journey to Linsanity" in San Francisco from October 26th - October 27th

Set as a broad bio mockumentary/musical parody, “Jeremy Lin: The Musical” will be based on the “true” story of Jeremy Lin’s life in Harvard to his success in the NBA. For those of you in the San Francisco area, you can watch it at the Phoenix Theatre Annex from October 26th - October 27th.


Learn more on their Facebook page here.

Tuesday Oct 16

yo-ellie:

SWAG. First Asian American to be featured on GW. SWAG SWAG SWAG. 

(Source: chinese-beauty)

Wednesday Aug 8

“No one expects anything from you and no one thinks you are going to be good.”

“Why this is an advantage is that everyone takes you lightly, and the minute you step out into the court and you give it to them, you will immediately earn their respect. But no one is going to give it to you right away. Not in America at least.”

 - Jeremy Lin, speaking at a press conference in Taiwan about being an Asian in the sports world.

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Monday Apr 2

Jeremy Lin’s Season Comes to a Halt

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The Lin-sational story has come to a surprising and sad halt. This past weekend, it has been announced that Jeremy Lin will no longer play for the Knicks for the remainder of the season.

After tearing the meniscus in his left knee, Lin is now required to sit out from the court for six weeks and undergo arthroscopic surgery. He will be missing the rest of the season, which ends on April 26, and potentially the playoffs, if the Knicks make it.

Lin has admitted it being difficult to sit out and watch his team play, according to the Christian Post.

"It’s disappointing for me," he said in a Madison Square Garden press conference on Saturday. "It’s hard to watch the games, and I think I want to be out there, obviously, more than anything, to help the team. Hopefully I can come back as soon as possible and still contribute this season."

Lin also thanked his fans for the support. 

"Thanks for all the love! I’ll return from this surgery stronger / better than before and hopefully in time for the playoffs," Lin said.

He also tweeted from the Bible. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” The passage is from Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 11 (New International Version).

Get better soon, Lin!

Courtesy of Christine Thomasos of The Christian Post and Howard Beck of the New York TImesClick on the links for their articles.

Friday Mar 2

Jeremy Lin’s Most Marketable Magic: He’s All Things, To All People

It might be that with Jeremy Lin, the NBA—with its stagnant audience and image problems—may have found an ideal, squeaky-clean star for bringing new fans to the sport.

But more than the just reviving the NBA, Lin’s squeaky-clean image is seen by companies as a holy opportunity.

“They say in the world of gems, the more facets the greater the design,” says Doug Scott, the CEO of Ogilvy Entertainment. “The fact that Jeremy has so many facets is a tremendous plus for him. The more relatable that he is, the better for the brand over time.”

Sunday Feb 26

McDonald’s sponsored “My Inspirational Story” Essay Contest Award Ceremony

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McDonald’s sponsored “My Inspirational Story” Essay Contest Award Ceremony took place yesterday in PS. 24, lower East side. Host David Yi, from Daily News, guest speaker Donnie Kwak, senior editor at ESPN, and Jef Castro, photo-editor at Entertainment Weekly, were among the invitation list. In addition, McDonald’s Martial Arts Dance Crew delivered a special performance at the ceremony.

Ten outstanding essays were chosen, and amongst these ten contestants, who are all students age from 8 to 11 years-old, 3 were chosen respectively for 3rd, 2nd, and 1st prizes. 

Generasian’s very own staff members Joey Wang and Emily Q. Lu had the chance to conduct interviews with the guests, performers, and host of the ceremony, as well as Ronald McDonald and Michael Sullivan,  owner of McDonald in Queens and Brooklyn.

When questioned about the recent controversial ESPN headline regarding Jeremy Lin, Donnie Kwak, being an Asian-American employee at ESPN, expressed his shock towards the discovery. However, Kwak does not believe the intention of the former editor, who has been since fired from ESPN, was malicious; it only showed his incompetence of being in the position of an editor.

For more information about the interview, please follow our blog and check for updates of a video interview in the near future!  

Friday Feb 24

Top Maryland football recruit offers up incredibly offensive Jeremy Lin tweet

Stefon Diggs spent most of his high school career being lauded as one of the nation’s top football recruits. By the time the Good Counsel (Md.) School defensive star and top-10 Rivals.com overall prospect (he’s projected to play wide receiver in college) picked Maryland as his college destination, he had attracted the attention of nearly every school and major football fan in the country.

 

With that experience in the 18-year-old’s pocket, one would think that Diggs would be well versed in the threat posed by unchecked social media postings. However, as this rather offensive tweet about Jeremy Lin dug up by Larry Brown Sports proves, one would be wrong to give Diggs that benefit of the doubt.

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Thursday Feb 23

Asian American Journalists Association Media Advisory Report on Jeremy Lin Coverage

Written by Doris Truong, Asian American Journalists Association national president and Washington Post multiplatform editor.

As NBA player Jeremy Lin’s prowess on the court continues to attract international attention and grab headlines, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) would like to remind media outlets about relevance and context regarding coverage of race.

In the past weeks, as more news outlets report on Lin, his game and hist story, AAJA has noticed factual inaccuracies about Lin’s background as well as an alarming number of references that rely on stereotypes about Asians or Asian Americans.

Please give careful consideration to the following tips to ensure fair, accurate and sensitive portrayals of Lin and others who are Asian American.

AAJA and AAJA MediaWatch stand ready to assist any news organizations that have questions or concerns about news coverage and race. We all have the same goal: good journalism.

By Doris Truong.

Courtesy of Doris Truong and AAJA. Click title above for link directly towards Guidelines.