The Illinois Humanities Council (ICH) has commissioned a number of people - from the arts, media and academia - to share their thoughts on the cultural swirl around New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. This is the final in a series of four essays that I've featured on my blog. You are also invited to join the conversation! Leave your comments below and join us at Jane Addams Hull House Museum tonight, for the IHC program Linsanity: What's Beyond the Hype? We'll talk about Lin and watch the Knicks-Bulls game!
The Forest for the Trees: Riffing on Jeremy Lin, by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
I'm a poet, an Asian American poet, and more specifically, a Chinese Taiwanese American spoken-word poet living in New York. So, I've known pretty early on that I would inevitably write about Jeremy Lin. The poem brewing within hasn't revealed itself entirely. Yet I keep coming back to the character for Lin, which in the inherent poetry of Chinese ideograms is two trees beside each other, a forest.
I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I have not watched one game.
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