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October 12, 2013 Updates

"It's not like Yao in China," Lin said with a laugh, citing perhaps the only worthy comparison and giving himself a reminder that it has been done before. "The less I know what they are saying or talking about, the better it is for me. I've learned to tune it out a lot. I think I've gotten a lot more focused on what I need to do as a player and not letting all the outside voices come in. Just like the burden and pressures and feeling like I had to do well for this group of people. 'Oh, if I don't do well, what are they going to say? I don't want to let them down.' " Houston Chronicle

November 25, 2012 Updates

The Ministry of the Interior recently rejected an application for the establishment of a political party named after NBA sensation Jeremy Lin (???), saying that using someone’s name as the title of a political party runs counter to the common practices of democratic politics and violates the Civil Code. Taipei Times

August 26, 2012 Updates

Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, will arrive in Taiwan Sunday evening for a nine-day visit, during which he will hold a basketball event for local children and attend an evangelical gathering. The 24-year-old point guard, who is currently in Hong Kong on a five-day visit, will host a basketball summer camp for a group of 120 young players Aug. 27-30 and hold a private charity event Aug. 31. After attending a sponsor's event Sept. 1, Lin will join an evangelical gathering hosted by a local television station the next day before his departure Sept. 3. news.asiaone.com

August 4, 2012 Updates
March 9, 2012 Updates

Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, has neither authorized nor agreed to the publication of any book in Taiwan on his life story, a local law firm said Friday. Formosa Transitional Attorneys at Law issued the statement at Lin's instruction amid reports that many publishers, including some in Taiwan, are rushing to publish books about his meteoric rise from obscurity to one of the NBA's biggest stories of the season. Focus Taiwan

Nearly 90 percent of Taiwanese think New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin would have the most clout when it came to endorsing charitable causes, according to a poll by a local magazine released on Friday. Asked what Lin, the first Taiwanese-American to play in the NBA, would be best at promoting, 88.6 percent of respondents answered charitable causes, according to a Global Views Monthly's poll. Focus Taiwan

March 5, 2012 Updates
February 23, 2012 Updates

Of course, if the United States team does not want Lin, he could try to play for a different country. Lin’s parents were born in Taiwan and retain dual citizenship in Taiwan and the United States. Lin was born in California and has American citizenship but has been offered dual citizenship in Taiwan by its foreign ministry here, his uncle Lin Chi Chung, said. However, Taiwan, which competes in the Olympics as Chinese Taipei, did not qualify for the London Games in basketball. Or perhaps Lin could play for China, which has secured an Olympic berth and has lacked strong play at point guard in recent years. Lin’s maternal grandmother fled mainland China for Taiwan in the late 1940s, and China has expressed an interest in Lin for its Olympic team. New York Times

February 22, 2012 Updates

Lin, as you might have heard, is unknown no longer and neither in a lesser way is Active Faith, which launched a new website over the weekend just in time for a USA Today story hit the web and the streets detailing Lin's connection with the company. "Within the first three hours, we had 40, 50 orders from China and Taiwan," Tolliver said. "It has been pretty crazy. My partner, I can't even talk to him because he has been so busy." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 21, 2012 Updates

Mr Lin is, put plainly, precisely everything that China’s state sport system cannot possibly produce. If Mr Lin were to have been born and raised in China, his height alone might have denied him entry into China’s sport machine, as Time’s Hannah Beech points out: “Firstly, at a mere 6’3”—relatively short by basketball standards—Lin might not have registered with Chinese basketball scouts, who in their quest for suitable kids to funnel into the state sport system are obsessed with height over any individual passion for hoops.” The Economist

Some authorities in China have responded, as might be expected, by trying to appropriate Mr Lin. The Chinese city of Pinghu, in coastal Zhejiang Province, sent a missive to its recently remembered former resident, Mr Lin’s grandmother on his mother’s side; officials crowed that she was pleased by the attention her hometown is paying to her grandson’s success. Xinhua, China’s official news service, published a fanciful article urging Mr Lin to take Chinese citizenship and join the national team of the People’s Republic. The Economist

Mr Lin’s Taiwanese family background seems to pose a special problem. China Central Television (CCTV), the national monopoly that broadcasts NBA games, has not joined in Linsanity. A game featuring Mr Lin a week ago, against the Minnesota Timberwolves, was broadcast on Beijing TV’s sport channel, but the broadcast included the forbidden image of the Taiwanese national flag, held proudly by fans in the stands. (The flag is typically blurred in China if it must appear in news footage). Chinese netizens noticed, and wondered if that would bring a punishment, or a tape delay. CCTV, for its part, told Netease, a Chinese internet portal, that most Knicks games couldn’t be shown due to the “time difference”, “but if time allows, games of the Knicks will definitely be broadcasted preferentially.” The Economist

That remains to be seen. Fortunately for Chinese sport fans, the internet provides a ready-made alternative to the state television system. Most of Mr Lin’s games are being made available by live stream on the portal Sina.com. This morning’s game against Mr Yi’s Mavericks was a rather interesting exception, a mysterious little black hole on Sina.com’s NBA schedule. Frustrated Chinese fans had to go looking for dodgier streams elsewhere online. The Economist

The NBA's first Chinese-American player, after scoring a team-high 28 points and doling out 14 assists, appealed for consideration for members of his family in Taiwan. "I love my family, I love my relatives," he said, when asked about his grandmother in Taiwan, who has become something of a celebrity, according to a question asked by a Chinese television reporter. "One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space because they can't even go to work without being bombarded and people following them," he said. "I want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan. Hopefully this will get back to everybody because they need to live their lives as well," said Lin, who has won admiration for his humble demeanor and the way he has handled all the attention since bursting onto the sporting scene two weeks ago. China Daily

Long before Jeremy Lin rocked the world with his miraculous NBA rise over the past few weeks, a sports company owner in China had the idea that the name would one day be a sensation in the sports world and trademarked it in the China market. Yu Minjie, owner of the company in Wuxi, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, last year registered "Jeremy S.H.L 林書豪 (Chinese characters)" as a trademark, Focus Taiwan

Now that the Harvard boy is a big star, various enterprises have revealed their intention to buy the trademark from Yu as the "Linsanity" craze spreads, the report went on. However, Yu said she had not yet received any bids for the trademark. The 23-year-old New York Knicks point guard, the NBA's only Taiwanese American, applied Feb. 13 to trademark "Linsanity." He was reported to have applied with an application fee of US$1,625 for the use of the name on apparel an Focus Taiwan

February 19, 2012 Updates
February 16, 2012 Updates

On Wednesday night, Lin Chu, now 85, went to a sports restaurant to watch a delayed broadcast of her grandson’s latest heroics, a last-second shot against the Toronto Raptors that propelled the Knicks to their sixth straight victory since he emerged out of nowhere and took charge of the team. Lin Chu’s face lighted up every time her grandson came on the screen. But each time he fell or was knocked down or elbowed by the Raptors, who played a pugnacious, battering defense against him, her face froze. “I don’t know too much about basketball, but this is not how it should be done — why do they do it?” she said with dismay. “I know nothing about basketball. I only know when Jeremy puts the ball in the basket he has done a good thing.” New York Times

While acknowledging that the maternal grandmother is still fond of mainland China, where she sponsors a scholarship at her hometown’s high school, Lin Chi Chung said that mainland Chinese culture and Taiwanese culture both dictate that Jeremy Lin’s identity should be determined by his father’s side of the family. “We are a male-dominated society, so while I know there are relatives on the mother’s side on the mainland, you should go by the father’s side, and that is Taiwanese,” he said. Lin Chu remained quiet for the most part during the discussion of her grandson’s identity, preferring to discuss his basketball abilities. She said that she was struggling to understand her grandson’s basketball games because while Lin’s father has been sending her videos of the games for years, she has not tried to watch them until the past few weeks. “My grandson would say, ‘Did you see the films?’ and I hadn’t, but I would tell him I did,” she said. New York Times

December 25, 2011 Updates

Taiwan Mobile has decided to release former NBA draft pick Marcus Fizer for his bad attitude, local media reported. Fizer, who played for TM in only one game, told the team his injury flared up and did not practice with the team since then. He asked not to play this week. According to TM head coach Jia Fan, Fizer also demanded extra preferential treatment. Taiwan Hoops

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