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A Report From Taipei About Linsanity

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Not much, if anything, has been said about Jeremy Lin from the perspective of people actually living in Taiwan, but here is the Taipei Times article about the L.A. Game, and Linsanity sweeping over Asia. It's a pretty interesting point of view, and here's a little tidbit from the article "Meanwhile, the cold weather in Taipei did little to dampen the enthusiasm of NBA fans struck by "Linsanity." More than 500 fans turned up at the Pacific Core Living Mall (京華城) early yesterday morning (Friday night in New York) to watch the Knicks’ televised game broadcast from Madison Square Garden to support Lin. Anticipating "Linsanity" in Taiwan, ESPN STAR Sports set up a live broadcast starting at 9am from the Living Mall department store. According to Simone Kang (康小玲), a senior manager at ESPN STAR Sports, the Lakers enjoy a lot of support in Taiwan, and to have a Taiwanese-American playing so well on the opposing team and to turn their fortunes in such a short time warranted having the game broadcast live. However, Kang was surprised by the number of fans who came to watch. Previous ESPN STAR Sports live broadcast events of Major League Baseball games featuring Taiwanese star Wang Chien-ming (王建民) have attracted 300 to 400 fans. In Changhua County, Lin’s uncle Lin Heng-cheng (林恆正) rose early to watch the game. According to the uncle, Jeremy Lin’s father went to the US on a study scholarship and settled there, only returning with Jeremy Lin last year to visit relatives. Lin Heng-cheng’s first impression of his nephew was that he was a refined, unassuming and polite young man, adding that the whole family was now very proud of him and hoped that he would return to visit everyone once the basketball season is over."

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