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How To Make Friends With Asians, Part 1 Of (Hopefully) An Ongoing Educational Series

April 10th, 2012 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

Like us. Love us. After an appropriate amount of time spent getting to know us, hug us, even. (Gingerly though…not too much…one second, one and a half, OMG this is so uncomfortable…okay, that’s enough.)

But please–and by “please” I really mean, for fuck’s sake–don’t show us you care by loving us long time.

If the Asian? Latino? dude in this pic did not exist, it would be necessary to photoshop him

[Big League Stew: Yu Darvish recovers after shaky start for Rangers]

Thanks, Dean!

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Chink In The Stands, An Asian American Fan’s Notes

February 27th, 2012 | 28 comments | Posted by Jen

I sat down to write about the fallout that’s ensued since ESPN editor Anthony Federico wrote that “Chink In The Armor” headline a little over a week ago, and I ended up with a bunch of stories about myself. In some ways though, I think these notes better articulate my frustration and anger over many of the conversations that have taken place about Jeremy Lin with regard to race than explicit words to that effect would have. Or maybe I just really like talking about myself.

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For most of my life, I’ve been a sports fan. I was born and raised in Texas, so it was mandatory. More to the point, I was born and raised Chinese American in Texas. I couldn’t look like my peers, I couldn’t be accepted as an equal by many of my peers, but I could root for the same teams as my peers. And somewhere deep down, I probably figured that if I could demonstrate the same devotion to the idols of my peers, they would eventually come around to the idea that I wasn’t all that different from them, and perhaps even accept me as one of their own.

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Frisco Gets Frisky

November 2nd, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Say what you will.

Whether you watch baseball, can’t watch baseball, love baseball, hate baseball, listen to every MLB game at the ballpark with headphones on, think Bud Selig is a prick, or have no idea what RBI or a sac fly are…

…bleed for the San Francisco Giants, wish the Giants ate a knuckle sandwich every day for lunch, wear a Doyers cap and deny the fact that Giants have human heartbeats

live, dine and love in SF or only know it as a place that treats people with Rice-a-Roni

…think Tim Lincecum’s ears must be lucky and Brian Wilson’s beard bitchin’…


….or wish they’d put bags over their heads when they pitch.

Or if, well…


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The Owner’s Box Is Better

November 1st, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

I guess it goes to show: You can grow up, go to an Ivy League school, get married, overcome a long bout with alcoholism, manage your own professional baseball team, govern a state, become the Leader of the Free World–for twice as long as your Hardass Presidential Dad, initiate two wars, increase the national debt by roughly $4,899,100,310,608 (give or take), inspire dozens of books and as many films based on your life and leadership, see the erection of your Presidential library, and you still might end up…

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