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 …show more content…

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 physical, but rather mental and psychological. In that same article by Jamilah King, he quotes Dean Adachi, an historian and avid Asian American studies lecturer, saying, “…we’re far beyond the blatant discrimination that stopped players such as Jackie Robinson…but there still is a similar psychological barrier that Lin is currently in the process of dismantling

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