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2012-02-23 15:57


  If it isn't already clear from my last name, I'm an Asian-American. I'm small, and at times, I can beunassuming and meek. Like Yang, I'm not always so comfortable in my own skin. But there was some gravity in Jeremy Lin's performance against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. Every single one of his possessions had me on the floor, overwhelmed with pride and unfiltered elation. I'd never screamed so loud, and it'd been a long time since a single game moved me to tears. Whether it's been officially bestowed upon him or not, Jeremy Lin carries the hopes and dreams of entire Asian generations on his shoulders. I struggle to think of another moment where we as acommunity had been so proud of who we are.


  可能你从我的姓氏中已经可以看出来,我是一个亚裔美国人。我很小只,而且有时我很不张扬、很温顺。和Wesley Yang(前文引述的一名亚裔美国作者)一样,我对我黄皮肤的肤色并不总是觉得很自在自如。但是这个周五的晚上,在林书豪对阵洛杉矶湖人对的比赛中,我感受到一种引力。他的每一次触球都会让我情不自禁的站起来,并且心中充满着自豪感和毫无修饰的激动。我从未叫喊得如此声嘶力竭,我也记不得自己上一次为一场体育比赛而落泪是什么时候。无论是否已经被大家强加到他身上,林书豪的肩膀上承载了几代亚裔美国人的希望和梦想。我很难再想出来另一个这样的历史瞬间:我们作为一整个社群,因为我们是亚裔而如此自豪。

  No one really knows what to expect from Lin anymore. What was supposed to be a comedown game against the Lakers became something miraculous. We don't know how long he can keep this up, and for the many (myself included) who have been somewhat skeptical of this run, his play continues to suspend our doubt, almost force-feeding us reasons to believe. Perhaps the most tantalizing reason is Lin's probing of the lanes, providing us an almost unfair tease given thepersonnel around him and the image that conjures. Of course, he'd be taking cues from another unheralded point guard whose unlikely background made opportunities scarce.


  But I'm American! What do I have if I don't have dreams? The typical high-ranking professions are the gold standard for Asian parents. They're financially stable, a mark of prestige, and always hiring. But we don't all dream of being doctors, lawyers, and financial analysts. For those of us who don't quite fit those specific molds, we're stuck in crisis. We struggle in a tug-of-war between our ingrained ancestral identity —our filial piety, our duty to carry out the will of the family —and our own dreams. Some of us never find that balance, relinquishing our passions for a life built around crippling pragmatism or bitterly abandoning our ancestry completely. But some of us do find the balance to appease elements of our past, present, and future.


  Jeremy Lin has done this, and it's why he's so important. He proves there's another way. Watching Lin knife into the lane and score over soaring giants, it's impossible to imagine him doing anything else with his life. But it could have been so different. His entire basketball careerprior to this remarkable week has been a cyclical routine of underappreciation and invisibility. He could have left it all. We know about his Harvard degree in economics. But he had the courage and resolve to stick to his dream. And that's where the ethnocentrism melts away and the purityof his story emerges.


  Jeremy Lin is humble, spiritual, and disciplined. He is also fearless, aggressive, and creative.  He's found his mode of expression and his definition of success. Whether he blossoms into a legitimate NBA star or shatters his glass slipper sitting at the end of the bench is of little importance to me. Ethan Sherwood Strauss may be right. He may never exist as anything other than Jeremy Lin, the symbol — but only because the symbol does not stray far (if at all) from Jeremy Lin, the individual. Beyond the ability to galvanize an entire population of Asian-Americans or the ability to spin the narrative of the stereotypical Asian overachiever, what inspires me most is how comfortable he is with his abilities and his place among the best basketball players in the world — how comfortable he is with himself.  While I was raised to believe in a culturally-assigned definition of success, more than ever, I have faith in my ability to form my own definition. If Jeremy Lin has proven anything, it's just how vital being true to oneself is.

  林书豪是谦虚的、是自律的、是有精神力量的。他也是无畏的、进取的、有创造力的。他已经找到了他表达自己的模式以及他对于成功的定义。无论他今后成为一个真正的NBA明星,还是打破了他的水晶鞋、回到替补板凳的末端,对我来说都不重要。Ethan Sherwood Strauss或许是对的。林书豪的存在可能永远都只会限于“林书豪”这样的一个标志—但这只是因为这个标志完全没有偏离“林书豪”这个人。是的,他激励了整个亚裔美国人社群;是的,他改变了美国人对于典型的亚洲拼命三郎的描述;但是,林书豪带给我的最大的启发是他对于自己的能力的那种自在、以及他在与一群世界上最好的篮球运动员在一起时对于自己所处的位子的那种自如。尽管我从小受到的教育就告诉我,要相信不同文化决定了不同的对成功的定义,但是现在我比以往的任何时候都更相信:我们有能力给自己的成功写下定义。如果林书豪已经证明了什么,那么一定是“忠于自己”有多么的重要。

  Lin has found his mode of expression; a force with the power to subvert preconceptions, a force that highlights the individual in positive and negative light, a force that can articulate dreams so vividly, fruition is the only plausible end. He's found it in his relentless forays to the rim, finishing plays with an improbable grace and flourish —something he's done long before the lights of New York shined down upon him.


  What do we see in Jeremy Lin? Ourselves — and the options in life that we may not have truly believed existed before.




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