Stefan Bondy 「Jeremy Lin addresses stereotypes, emasculation of Asian men」

Posted on April 26, 2017

As both an Asian-American basketball player and Asian male, Jeremy Lin has seen stereotypes emasculate his people.

Specifically as it affects relationships and sexual attraction, the Nets point guard said recently that there is a contrast in the way Asian-American males and females are viewed in society — which Lin believes contributes to the men struggling to find relationships outside of their race.

“A lot of times we have Asian girls go for non-Asian guys but you don’t see a lot of the opposite,” Lin said recently. “You don’t see a lot of the opposite, you don’t see a lot of non-Asian girls go for Asian guys. When they said ‘Yellow Fever’ growing up, it wasn’t all these white girls going for Asian guys. It was the Asian girls going for the white guys.”

“So I feel like it is definitely different. Asian-American males are viewed differently.”

Lin indicated stereotypes are behind the problem and said the issue needs to be discussed. But rather than promote Asian masculinity, Lin’s solution is to wait for society to see the light.

“I think we just need to keep being ourselves, the world will come around and appreciate us,” he said. “Asian men, women, Asians in general. I think the time will come. Kill them with kindness for the time being.”

Lin’s remarks were in a Youtube video posted by fitness enthusiast Kevin Kreider, who asked the 28-year-old in a group Q&A, “Did you ever come across the stereotype of Asian guys not being attractive and if you have, how do you think we can break that in the American culture especially?”

Lin first related it to his experience in the NBA and the stereotypes that hindered his career.

“I feel like Asian-American masculinity is one of the issues that should be talked about way more and I feel like is very behind the 8-ball,” he said. “So I think that to go to your point of being athletic, like me and John Wall were the fastest people in the draft but he was ‘athletic’ and I was ‘deceptively athletic,’” Lin said. “I’ve been deceptively ‘whatever’ my whole life. ...That’s definitely an issue and we can just keep playing basketball. Hopefully we’ll just keep being good and breaking the stereotypes.”

Wall was taken first overall in 2010 and Lin went undrafted, playing in the D-League until his shot with the Knicks and the birth of Linsanity. Rockets GM Daryl Morey acknowledged that racial bias played a role his decision not to pick Lin, according to an excerpt published by Netsdaily.com of a book called,『The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds』.

“The reality is that every person, including me, thought he was unathletic. And I can’t think of any reason for it other than he was Asian,” Morey said.




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