Just as this issue of China Insight isgoing to press, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets were competing in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Regardless of the outcome of that game, members of the Asian community will have another chance to see them play again on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, when the Timberwolves will host an Asian Heritage Night that was organized by China Insight with support from the University of Minnesota China Center.

For those of you who don’t know, Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born Aug. 23, 1988, in Palo Alto, Calif.) is an American professional basketball player who plays point guard in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors.

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By Anthony James, Staff Writer

You probably didn’t notice the ripple effect which Chinese athletes were experiencing in the last decade. The initial drop occurred in the mid-90’s: China’s strict regulations towards competitive ownership by the government were becoming more relaxed. Athlete’s who initially had little say on their training were allowed more freedom to choose their coaches and teammates. One might suggest these rules were in response to the economic and social climate, China was no longer a society that was behind the times, the booming exposure to information and sustainable income arose a new generation of smarter, opportunistic athletes. While there were plenty of Chinese athletes that succeeded before, the past ten years marked some great stories of competitive success in China for both the country and the individual.

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By Charles Yunong Wang and Demi Hongrong Zhang

We took the light rail from MOA to Target Center, it was actually pretty cold outside, and we were not dressed right, but there were still people walking on the street, not one person, not ten, it’s hundreds of people; it’s all because of the basketball game, it’s the Lakers at the Wolves. Although, we are in Minnesota, more than a quarter of the fans came to support Kobe. We just learned that Lakers were in Minnesota originally, and they move to LA because of a huge plane accident. It’s so sad.

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On March 20, the University of Minnesota celebrated the grand opening of a unique center that will share U.S. culture with the Chinese people through the medium of sport. The American Cultural Center for Sport is funded by a US$100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State and will be a partnership between the University’s China Center and School of Kinesiology, and the Tianjin University of Sport in Tianjin, China.

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By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer

Jeremy Lin has captured the attention of the United States and the world and sparked fan fervor that has been dubbed “Linsanity.” 

Lin is the first American of Chinese descent to play in the NBA. Lin’s parents, Shirley and Gie-Ming immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in the 1970s. Jeremy, 23, is the second of the Lins’ three sons. Older brother Josh is a student in the College of Dentistry at New York University. Younger brother Joseph is a student and basketball player at Hamilton College, a Division III school. All three brothers grew up playing basketball with their father at the YMCA in Palo Alto, Calif.

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