Asian American Stereotypes Essay

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“What is this chink doing here? Does he even know anything about football? Go back to studying!” After hearing that, I thought, “First off, I am not Chinese, and why yes, I do know a little something something about football.” These remarks were some of the things that I had to deal with when playing football during my first year of high school. These discriminatory statements towards the few Asians and me on the team were things we heard daily from other teammates and students. While these stereotypes of Asians only being good for studying and playing badminton or volleyball was prevalent in my school, that didn’t stop me from trying to be the best football player on the team and disproving the typical Asian student at my high school. As with the up and coming star Jeremy Lin, he too had to face these generalizations before actually being noticed in the widely Caucasian and African American dominant sport that is basketball. With his impressive game starts, he surprised the nation by carrying the New York Knicks to a couple of victories. The discrimination and stereotypes that Asians have to face in sports and in the real world are not something that spurred out of nowhere, but rather it is something that has been rampant since the first Asians immigrated to the United States. Some of the prejudices that Asians face in the present may not be as bad as the prejudices Asians had to deal with in the past, but they still have to deal with bigots on a daily basis. By Jeremy Lin stunning the basketball league with his performance, he is able to combat the bigotry towards Asians.
Until I proved myself to be a worthy asset to the football team, I was regarded as the fat, nerdy-looking Asian kid that should just go back to doing homework. Like me, Jeremy Lin was also stuck with this sort of assumption about Asians wherever he went. In the article “The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Most Surprising Star,” author Jamilah King provides us with some generalizations Jeremy Lin had to go through and overcome. In one instance, King presents a story about how Jeremy Lin was stereotyped when he was attending a local basketball tournament. A person working for the tournament basically told Lin off by saying, “Sorry, sir, there’s no volleyball here tonight. Just basketball” (King Pg.2). Even though he was in San Francisco, a very diverse city with multitudes of Asians, Lin was still stuck with the typical Asian stereotypes of not playing sports. While Lin does fit into the average Asian stereotype of being very studious and work oriented with his Harvard Degree, he is also able to break that stereotype by dominating teams in the sport that lacks Asian superstars.
While professional athletes of color are not discriminated against to the point of wanting to quit the sport nowadays, it was very prevalent back in the early to mid 20th century. Even though this is a good thing, Jeremy Lin still has to face certain prejudices that may not be...

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