As a Chinese American educated at Harvard (MBA), who broke into Hollywood in 1985, I can relate to Jeremy Lin’s emergence in the NBA. But it doesn’t take being Chinese nor attending Harvard to be “Lin-spired”. As a result of his break-through play, the latest being a Kobe-esque, 38 point performance against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeremy Lin has now gotten what every Asian American has ever really wanted – the chance to succeed or fail based on performance and not on preconceived notions or racial stereotypes.
We’ve all heard the scouting report on Jeremy which explained why he went un-drafted and bounced around the league. He can’t shoot, not strong enough, isn’t athletic, lacks speed and doesn’t play defense. Deep down inside, many of us were decoding that secret language that resonated with our own experiences which justified keeping him on the end of the bench. It translated into the very troubling and all so obvious … “he’s Asian”. Even the positives about Jeremy alluded to the stereotype. He’s smart and hard working. These were enough to temporarily secure him a roster spot on the Knicks, albeit fourth on the depth chart at point guard, but not enough to land him meaningful playing time. Read More >
A recent interview I did with TheOtherAsians:
Being a basketball enthusiast and a Boston Celtic fan, I was in awe standing at half court of Madison Square Garden, the basketball mecca of the world and home of the once mighty New York Knicks. We had secured the Garden to shoot a scene for the film HITCH starring Will Smith. In this particular scene, Kevin James (Albert) and Amber Valletta (Allegra Cole) were on a date at a Knicks game. As we were preparing for the day’s shoot, a production assistant announced that I had a visitor. Dressed in sweats, carrying a duffle bag and dribbling a basketball, my visitor challenged me to a game of one-on-on in front of the entire film crew on the floor of Madison Square Garden. This former Division III college basketball player was a woman. In her mid 20s, standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and bragging about her sharpshooting skills, she put me on the spot and I just couldn’t back down. Read More >
His credentials in the world of fashion are indisputable. You’ve gotta admit that he has an eye for beauty. So when former Gucci and YSL creative director was asked about the differences between Asian and western women, he said some interesting things. While he might personally be “colorblind”, it’s funny to hear him say “When you grow up in America, contrary to popular belief, we are racially blind…”