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And, last but not least, the world has officially gone Linsane. The biggest story in sports today is Jeremy Lin, a young Taiwanese-American point guard from Harvard University who is lighting up the NBA and leading a remarkable resurgence for the New York Knicks. In his first four starts in the NBA, he racked up stats that are better than the first four games played by Michael Jordan, or Derrick Rose, or LeBron James. This week, Lin was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and could be seen rocking the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Lin’s Cinderella story isn’t just big news here in the US, Asian media has been all over this, particularly in Taiwan and China. Although Lin was born in the US, Lin’s parents were born in Taiwan.
This Tweet reads:
“Jeremy Lin is more powerful than I thought! I feel so proud that we are all Taiwanese.”
And another says:
“Jeremy Lin made people from all over the world know Taiwanese are powerful! Let's wish Jeremy Lin good luck! Good Luck Taiwan!”
Not surprisingly, most social media users on the mainland take exception to Taiwan’s claims.
This Sina Weibo post says:
“Whoever dares to say Jeremy Lin is not Chinese, I would kill him.”
But this user mourned that:
“It turns out that Lin Shu-hao is just his Chinese name. He is actually American."
Even South Koreans are fans. This tweet says:
“The whole country is crazy for Jeremy Lin…”
And, this user basks in reflected glory:
“I am really proud of him even though he is just Asian, not Korean like me”.
For more Lincredible posts from Asia, check out our blog. That's our show for the week. For LinkAsia, I’m Yul Kwon.