The Forest for the Trees: Riffing on Jeremy Lin

Commissioned by Illinois Humanities Council’s The Public Square, along with the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center at UIC and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum series “Linsanity: What’s Behind the Hype?” ( Also published by WBEZ’s “Jeremy Lin: Anatomy of a Sports Star and Cultural Sensation” (

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.

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