February 29, 2012
The blogosphere an social media erupted again - This time over a conversation about race and Jeremy Lin between ESPN.com's Lynn Hoppes, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
Just take a look at the running comments about ESPN's commentary on the video replay page online at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7624785
The conversation was titled by ESPN "Has Society Become Oversensitive with Race?"
February 27, 2012
Two award-winning writers weigh in on the Jeremy Lin story.
Author and former Wall Street Journal writer William Wong reports on what Jeremy Lin may have had to do to get his 'game on' and how that confirms a few stereotypes, in his fifth "Linsanity" column.
Wong writes, "In at least two articles, sportswriters in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York have given us a fuller picture of how Lin — with the help of coaches and trainers — transformed himself from a skinny kid with an awkward jump shot into one of the most exciting point guards in the NBA, after graduating in 2010 as a star player at Harvard (definitely NOT an NBA “farm team” the way lesser universities are), but ignored in the NBA draft and getting cut by two other NBA teams."
"The essence of these stories is that Lin has worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to improve his game — gaining weight and bulk, refining his jump shot, learning the fine points of point-guard play. In doing so, Jeremy Lin, instead of smashing stereotypes, is confirming a few stereotypes of Chinese Americans/Asian Americans — of being diligent hard workers, and smart."
William Wong's full article at SFGate.com
AsianConnections' columnist, author, and former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine Ben Fong-Torres says Jeremy Lin's success is a dream come true - his dream, as well as the dream of countless other...
March 9, 2012:
The greatest thing about Linsanity is that Jeremy Lin can win, he can lose, but he has already achieved the near impossible. In just a few short weeks, he's turned a country on its head and made it examine how Asian Americans are viewed in the mainstream.
AC Team members head to New York this week with high hopes to see Jeremy Lin play in a Knicks game. When we watch him, we will be watching a talented basketball player, but we will also be thinking about the historical milestone he has already achieved - for all of us.
February 23, 2012:
Following on the recent racist and racially-offensive incidents in coverage of NBA star Jeremy Lin, the Asian American Journalists Association has issued guidelines on how to and how not to cover Jeremy Lin.
These guidelines are good for everyone, not just news media.
You would have thought that by 2012 our nation's news media wouldn't need such etiquette lessons, but the...
July 17, 2012
Goodbye New York, Hello Houston!
After weeks of speculation, Tuesday night the New York Knicks announced it would not match the Houston Rockets' offer.
Emotions have been running high with Knicks fans. To quote writer Ian O'Connor at ESPNNewYork.com, "Jim Dolan just made one of the dumbest moves of his basketball life"...
Meanwhile, Lin remains a gentleman, thanking the Knicks and showing enthusiasm for Houston.
Twitter comments: (@JLin7)
"Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! #RedNation" "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life #ForeverGrateful"
For the latest on Jeremy Lin:
July 5, 2012
This afternoon Jeremy Lin agreed to a multi-million dollar offer sheet by the Houston Rockets. Numerous sources say that the Houston Rockets' offer is reportedly a four year $28.8 million...
Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead Wednesday at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California a suburb in Los Angeles county.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is investigating the case as a suicide.
AsianConnections' Suzanne Kai spoke with Irabu at a CAPE holiday event in 2009.
Click here for the Irabu's comments, and here for updates on this story.