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?” (http://www.prairie.org/events/25460/linsanity-what-039-s-behind-hype). Also published by WBEZ’s “Jeremy Lin: Anatomy of a Sports Star and Cultural Sensation” (http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy).
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.