Jeremy Lin has seen it and heard it. Those tags stick to Lin wherever he goes, even as the starting point guard for Harvard's basketball team. Although the game is brimming in popularity among Asian American youth - there are Asian leagues, club teams like the San Jose Ninjas and San Jose Zebras, and packed courts outside schools, churches and temples - Lin practically is alone. That's 0. Players, coaches and sociologists cite stereotypes and cultural factors as reasons that percentage might not rise very much in the foreseeable future. At the same time, there are players and coaches making inroads to mainstream, high-profile basketball, and there's a feeling of pioneer spirit among them.
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Why Aren't There More Asian-Americans in Pro Team Sports?
Lin who leads the Crimson in points, steals and assists and is second on the team in rebounds had to fight his way into Division I basketball despite having a very successful high-school career, in part because of the preconceived notions that follow Asian athletes in the United States:. Considering those honors and his senior stats — He got none.
When I was an undergraduate, I remember meeting a few Asian American a grand total of four at my school who competed in collegiate sports like cross country, volleyball, and field hockey. I was curious as to what sports had the most of Asian Americans and what ones had the least. What I found for the through season the latest data available surprised me in some ways. There are two ways to look at Asian American sports participation — through total numbers of participants and through percentages. Some sports might have a seemingly large number of participants, but that amount might be a tiny proportion of all the athletes in that particular sport.