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Jeremy Lin Inspires a Nation | The Nation

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At some point, Jeremy Lin ceased being a basketball player and morphed into something closer to a national phenomenon. He’s Linsanity. He’s “a classic underdog story.” He’s the savior of the New York Knicks, if not the National Basketball Association. But he’s also something far more meaningful and potentially historic. The undrafted Harvard grad has become the dream-carrier for masses of Asian-Americans. Not dreams of basketball greatness but dreams of being acknowledged as a living, breathing part of this country. Lin’s electric skills on the court—and the bigoted reactions his presence has provoked—have sparked a national discussion about media depictions of Asian-Americans, the daily racism they face and their history….

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