The Jeremy Lin Effect: Breaking Asian Stereotypes in the South

By Guest Contributor: Noah de la Rosa

“You’re out!” The umpire exclaims. I think to myself, “Geez Christian, calm down it’s only intramurals.” Student referees take their job too seriously

It was the third straight time of the season that I struck out while starting off at bat. There’s probably a better way of saying that but I’m not acquainted with baseball/softball terms; which is another way of saying, I don’t like baseball. So, why do I keep playing? If anything, I’m only perpetuating the stereotype of the unathletic, socially-awkward Asian. I keep playing because they don’t think we can.

Who is “we”? Who is “they”?

I go to a small private university in the South. Population 4,377. Population of Asians and Pacific Islanders: 45. Population of Asian Americans? 1. Me.

Safe to say that “they” are white people. “We” is myself, the lone representative of the Asian American community.

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