dear america, re: Jeremy Lin
I’m sending you a plea on behalf of all Asian Americans. I know you’re caught up in Linsanity just like we are. It’s a beautiful thing to watch you gaze with jaws dropped at the exploits of the first Asian American marquee player in NBA history. But we really need this to continue, so it’s very important that you let us help you learn how not to ruin it.
Please note that this is a new phenomenon for us. We’re not used to getting this much attention. Correct that. We’re used to being the center of attention when politicians need a convenient scapegoat to distract attention from their failed policies and lack of real solutions. But we’re not used to getting this much POSITIVE attention.
For the most part we’ve been good sports. We’ve joined in the fun of calling Jeremy things like “Linderella” and “Super Lintendo.” Bear in mind, Asian Americans were ready to burn down Abercrombie and Fitch stores a decade ago over t-shirts with bad puns like “Wong Brothers Laundry Service: Two Wongs Make It White.” But it’s a lot more cool when it’s Spike Lee tweeting puns on “Lin” to express mad love rather than the fifth-grade bully calling you names while stealing your lunch money.
And we know you’ve learned a lot already. The fact that you are using the term “Asian American” instead of “the Oriental guy” or “that Chinese dude” or “the latest import from Japan” is epic. Heck, the fact that you even acknowledge that there is an Asian American community in the United States is tremendous progress.
But the road to hell is paved with good intentions and right now they are combined with bad analogies being put forward by writers who’ve caught wind of Linsanity but don’t realize how dangerous a little bit of partial knowledge can be. So please follow these simple steps to ensure that Linsanity doesn’t jump the shark before its time………..
such a good article.
1) Enough with the Tim Tebow comparisons.
2) Stop trying to turn Linsanity into a Black-Asian rivalry thing.
3) Please stop using a distorted version of Jeremy’s story to justify your neo-conservative theories of bootstrap success.
A very nice article indeed.
Those 1, 2, 3 points are EVERYTHING
For non-Asians, this is a test of the Emergency Ethnic Broadcasting System. Do media — and public figures — have the cultural infrastructure in place to not look like asses in public? The answer, in many cases, seems to be no. A little pre-emptive education and training would’ve stopped most of these flubs from ever happening in the first place…but now that they have, the response shouldn’t just be about punishing scapegoats, it should be about putting effort and money into fixing the institution. Wouldn’t hurt to make some real investment in outreaching to the community itself, either. Asian American communities don’t want scalps — they want respect.
Also, re: ESPN sportscaster’s Max Bretos’s suspension, is having an Asian wife (or spouse) really a good excuse for why he didn’t mean any harm? Uh, no. Max, Max, Max, I’m on your side, but “My wife is Asian” is the new “Some of my best friends are black.” Just…don’t. Love your wife, cherish her, and don’t use her as a freaking human shield, kthxbai.
Jeff Yang on ESPN’s Terrible Headline
Seriously, if you have an Asian wife, and you published “Chink” on a huge media frontier, that is a DOUBLE shame on you.
“it should be about putting effort and money into fixing the institution.”
THIS DOT MOTHAFUCKING COM
Separate insulting stereotypes from cultural observations –This is tricky territory for any writer, made more treacherous when you’re whipping out a column with minimal research, knowledge or expertise in discussing the culture you’re trying to explore.
I’d add this is made trickier by the general lack of knowledge among non-Asians as to the history of racism against Asian Americans. Folks simply don’t know sometimes that certain “cultural observations” have been wielded as weapons against us; the problem is when your job as a journalist is to educate yourself on these topics, and you write without undertaking that effort. Ignorance is excusable; willful ignorance is not.
Eric Deggans, TV & Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times, “Reaction to NBA phenom Lin demonstrates need for progress against media prejudices” (via jesifiable)
this. is. why. we. need. more. people. of. color. in. the. media.
reason number 19437
a lot of racism and plain old ignorance is normalized in this day and age
so instead of defaulting to the people most likely to be racist and/or ignorant
why don’t we start hiring people with viewpoints that have HAD to be widened just for our own survival?
(Source: sportsjournalism.org, via mizmlee)
Get to the Source: You know what the worst part about the Jenny Hyun situation is?
[I am taking about this incident]
None of the companies that employ her care.
None of the entertainment companies who emulate, copy, and steal from black culture in order to make music for profit care that she openly asked for the genocide of black people.
Like I don’t care right now, fuck everyone involved. Fuck the idols who fetishized black culture but degrade black people, fuck the companies who openly exploit black music and are overtly are racist, fuck the idols and mc who do blackface, and fuck everyone who knows it is racist and do not do anything.
Black people mean so little to you, yet you gain so much fame and money off the exploitation of their culture.
I am so sickened with this entire kpop culture. I really am.
No matter how much love and acceptance we as black, afro-latina, or what have you pour into this kpop culture we are consistently met with racism.
And it is a direct affect from white supremacy. Do you know who many white people work hand in hand with kpop companies for the expansion of the Hallyu wave? And these white people stickin’ their dicks in everyone’s coffee as usual go and perpetuate their racism to Asian markets.
How can you say you love black people, and turn around and hide the racist shit your peers do? How can you knowingly reap the benefits of black entertainment at the expense of dehumanizing black people?
Fuck everything right now.
The anti-blackness in Asian countries is ASTOUNDING. You take from our culture and shit on our people? Fuck. You.
All of that but “you’re getting me wrong if you don’t think I like black people!”
That’s not how it works, boo.
If that rant doesn’t indicate how racist you are
THEN BITCH WHAT THE FUCK WILL?
Seriously, FUCK HER.
Somebody come and get they cousin
People that had jobs at ESPN today, won’t have jobs tomorrow. Or so I hope.
This is both disgusting and disturbing. No real words can describe how low of a person it takes to write that headline.
EDIT: Everyone contact ESPN and demand that whoever wrote this and every single person that laid eyes on it and said nothing about it be reprimanded.
It only takes a few minutes to contact them and voice your opinion.
Fuck this shit ESPN.
Are you fucking serious? How old are they, 5?
ARE YOU SHITTING ME.
I hope whoever made and okay’d this has an alternate career choice
Those New Yorker fans definitely aren’t saying the same thing now…
Jeremy Lin <3 .
Probably eating their racism now.
Haters to the left please.
omg…this is disgusting
as someone who works in sports, fans are THE lowest common denominator
and team Facebook pages are just…a cesspool
why am i even surprised
Sleepless Eyes: NBA fans, we need to clear some shit up before tables get flipped.
Yes, the emergence of Jeremy Lin as the Knicks’ current savior is pretty awesome. Yes, he is Asian and went to Harvard. I understand that everyone wants to create the latest meme/nickname/cult figurehead.
But some of these nicknames, posters, sayings and t-shirts are tip-toeing to a very sticky…
Asian sistah here, and I co-sign this.
In case y’all haven’t gotten the memo, stereotypes are getting very old, very fast, I mean seriously, Yellow Mamba? LAZY.
So here’s an idea. How about coming up with nicknames based on his actual talent and style? Like every other NBA star of the past? Air Jordan? The Mailman?
Or hell, use his actual name that is J. Lin? On the court, race is secondary. It’s about the skills. So make it about the skills.
girl when I saw that “Yellow Mamba” sign I almost fell off the damn couch
like really? really y’all? we’re really doing this? we’re really gonna take this route? really?
I feel like there’s gonna be a LOT of cringe-worthy and just plain racist stuff like this on the horizon…