View Poll Results: What country should get the right to claim Lin for their national team?

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  • United States, he's from there.

    28 84.85%
  • Taiwan, his parents are emigrants from there.

    2 6.06%
  • China, as he is an ethnic Han Chinese.

    0 0%
  • South Korea, as his mother's family are ethnic Korean.

    0 0%
  • North Korea, because they have nothing else.

    3 9.09%
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    He's American. Taiwanese, part Chinese, part Korean, etc. are all secondary or even further factors.

    I'm proud of his success as an American and Bay Area local. Americans always love the underdog and he's the epitome of underdog in regards to being a prominent NBA player.
    Last edited by mac; 2012-02-21 at 08:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfieb View Post
    Jeremy Lin is the hottest ticket in basketball right now. He is a Harvard-educated American basketball player from Los Angeles who plays in New York.

    His Christian parents emigrated to New York from the Republic of China (Taiwan), but his father's family are Han Chinese people who were originally from mainland China, and his mother's family are supposedly ethnic Korean minorities in mainland China. His Korean minority grandmother still lives in China, according to the media.

    So, he is an American citizen who is claimed by both Chinas and South Korea. If North Korea cared about basketball, they would probably claim him too, bringing the total of Lin-sane countries to five.

    This phenomenon is very, very interesting to follow, so grab a Google link, a YouTube clip, and join in the fun.

    What country do you think has the best claim to the young point guard?
    Where did you get the source of his maternal family is part Korean?

    From what I have been reading, his maternal family is originally from Zhejiang province, China. They are Waishengren who relocated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

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    Jeremy Lin has no korean ancestries

    Actually, he could have japanese ancestries

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    Either way send 'em back! *spits*
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitefan415 View Post
    Where did you get the source of his maternal family is part Korean?

    From what I have been reading, his maternal family is originally from Zhejiang province, China. They are Waishengren who relocated to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
    http://kotaku.com/5886461/china-is-l...aim-jeremy-lin


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    Even in the article it failed to source which "Chinese media is even stating that South Korea is claiming Lin as one of their own as Lin's mother is apparently of the Korean ethnic minority of China"

    It should be noted that Korean themselves never mention Lin is partially Korean heritage and it is very unusual for Korean in light of their fervent nationalism if the rumor were true.It is probably made up and provoked by some Chinese who want to stir shit up between Chinese and Korean online battle like you see in many asian themed forums. Remind me of a report of some Chinese media stated Korean academy is trying to assert Confucius was ethnic Korean. It was later proved that it was fabricated by Chinese who wanted to start shitty flame war on Korean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotibus View Post
    Jeremy Lin has no korean ancestries

    Actually, he could have japanese ancestries
    Nah, Japan's colonization in Taiwan was very short period and they did not leave many seeds in Taiwan. Both his father and mother side are ethnic Han Chinese. His grandparents from his father's side are still living in Taiwan and speak Minnan dialect. Jeremy might have some remote Taiwanese Aboriginal ancestry though since his paternal ancestor have settled in Taiwan from Mainland China since 300 years ago. We won't know until he decides to take 23&me test.

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    I guess the Chinese are demonstrating what I refer to as "Alice Cooper Complex".

    It's something I noticed in the Acadian community when he played here, there were Acadian flags at his show.

    Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) has Acadian blood. People are not willing to accept an anglophone as Acadian (let alone a non-Catholic like Alice Cooper), but since Furnier is famous, he gets a pass.

    I've noticed the same with other celebs. Danes and Viggo Mortensen. If he worked as an auto mechanic, Danes would view him as American and probably laugh at him if he claimed his Danish ancestry. But since he's an actor, the Danes will acknowledge his ancestry.

    Also, there was a thread on another forum asking if Tolkein was British or South African. British people voted British. I bet if he didn't write Lord of the Rings, they would have said he was South African.
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    ^^ yeah, sort of how certain Euros want to claim credit for every white American accomplishment, but they don't claim these poorly dressed lard-asses we see at the local Wal-Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonRouge View Post
    I guess the Chinese are demonstrating what I refer to as "Alice Cooper Complex".

    It's something I noticed in the Acadian community when he played here, there were Acadian flags at his show.

    Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) has Acadian blood. People are not willing to accept an anglophone as Acadian (let alone a non-Catholic like Alice Cooper), but since Furnier is famous, he gets a pass.
    I knew Alice Cooper had French ancestry, I didn't know it was Acadian though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus View Post
    I knew Alice Cooper had French ancestry, I didn't know it was Acadian though.
    Yes, he descends from Acadia's Protestant minority.

    (Which makes it even more ironic, because Catholics treated them like crap)

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