By Assunta Ng
There were two workshops with Jeremy Lin’s name in it, “From Tiger Mom to Jeremy Lin” and “Lessons from Jeremy Lin.” The packed workshop room of “Lessons” was discussing the scope of our “Linsanity.”
The lively panel aimed to create awareness and mindfulness behind racist remarks made by mainstream journalists, and also stereotypes from journalists of color. I was amazed by how many people like the guy and care about his future. It appears that Lin has been a popular subject for jokes for both mainstream and smaller ethnic papers. Many of those quips cannot be made public.
For journalists who made fun of Lin with racial overtones in their writing, the solution is to tell them to apologize.
Both Asian American and mainstream journalists are excited about Lin’s success because he’s American, and yet, he is one of us. (end)