jeremy lin basketball star asian american new york 17 media guidelines sad hill news

Yesterday I had no idea who Jeremy Lin was.

Today, I’ve been instructed by mainstream media to ratchet up sensitivity when reporting on Asian-Americans.

Done.

Word on the street is, ‘insensitive‘ coverage of Lin resulted in the firing of one ESPN staffer and the suspension of another.

Thankfully, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has issued a strict set of guidelines all of us can reference to prevent further severe punishment.

Asian American Journalists Association Releases Guidelines On Jeremy Lin Media Coverage

(Yahoo) As NBA player Jeremy Lin’s prowess on the court continues to attract international attention and grab headlines, the Asian American Journalists Association AAJA would like to remind media outlets about relevance and context regarding coverage of race,” the group wrote in …

~snip~

Oh forget it! Let’s jump right (L)in, shall we?

DANGER ZONES

CHINK“: Pejorative; do not use in a context involving an Asian person on someone who is Asian American. Extreme care is needed if using the well-trod phrase “chink in the armor”; be mindful that the context does not involve Asia, Asians or Asian Americans. (The appearance of this phrase with regard to Lin led AAJA MediaWatch to issue statement to ESPN, which subsequently disciplined its employees.)

DRIVING: This is part of the sport of basketball, but resist the temptation to refer to an “Asian who knows how to drive.”

EYE SHAPE: This is irrelevant. Do not make such references if discussing Lin’s vision.

FOOD: Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery? In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no.

MARTIAL ARTS: You’re writing about a basketball player. Don’t conflate his skills with judo, karate, tae kwon do, etc. Do not refer to Lin as “Grasshopper” or similar names associated with martial-arts stereotypes.

ME LOVE YOU LIN TIME“: Avoid. This is a lazy pun on the athlete’s name and alludes to the broken English of a Hollywood caricature from the 1980s.

YELLOW MAMBA“: This nickname that some have used for Lin plays off the “Black Mamba” nickname used by NBA star Kobe Bryant. It should be avoided. Asian immigrants in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries were subjected to discriminatory treatment resulting from a fear of a “Yellow Peril” that was touted in the media, which led to legislation such as the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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2 Responses to Guidelines For Jeremy Lin Media Coverage – ‘Linsane!’

  1. Jim Hlavac says:

    Someone should tell the AAJA that the Chinese press does not treat Americans of any persuasion well, and that the Chinese press doesn’t seem to treat the Chinese in China well either (certainly it concludes they are all childlike idiots who can’t function for themselves or be allowed to print a blessed thing without approval of the CAJA, the Chinese Asian Journalists Association, aka, the Communist Party.) They should also be informed that the Chinese in America left this sort of thought control behind, and probably don’t seek it to be installed here. And truly this is lame thought control efforts, no? And who are they to decree this or that word or phrase might be used in which context? Indeed, the AAJA sounds suspiciously like the CAJA, and well, are they to now tell us how we shall speak of China and its Communist regime too? What, now we can’t say “Lying commie Chinese”? And suppose there is a Mr. Lin who is a lying commie Chinese man? Then what? And, finally, who the hell is Jeremy Lin and why should I give damn that some multimillionaire is being made fun of? Ain’t that what celebrity is all about? Hell, call me what you want for 10% of the man’s salary; I think that would cover my cost of self-inflicted indignation.

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