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Title:Representation of Asian American Identity in Contemporary Sports Culture: A Reflection
Author(s):Jiang, Brandon
Subject(s):Asian American Identity
Sports Culture
Asian American
Jeremy Lin
Abstract:It was 2012. The NBA’s New York Knicks were having a rough season. It was looking like another disappointing year out of the playoffs. The fans and players were equallydisinterested. On February 4th, out of options, Knicks coach Mike D’antoni, threw in third-stringer Jeremy Lin. Little did coach know, Lin would spark a much needed victory on that day, leading the team in points and assists. The performance was an aberration; an outlier. Plenty of random players have the game of their lives and completely fall off the radar right after. But the next game, he did the exact same thing. People started to believe. The Knicks went on a seven-game winning streak led by the man who seeming came out of nowhere. This phenomenon launched Lin into the spotlight and forever changed his life. It was known as Linsanity.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:University of Illinois School of Social Work
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Brandon Jiang
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-03-15

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