The identity of Asian male Athlete is often misrepresented in modern society. We are often looked down upon. Not being able to compete with any other ethnicities around the world. Society view Asian male athletes as one who should be at home doing math or cooking. They do not believe Asians have the capability of being talented in the sports world. How do I know all of this? It is because I am an Asian Male Athlete myself. I have been placed in this situation. For many people this comes off not only a misunderstanding but as racism as well. Throughout history, we have not had much Asian athletes here in the United States but overseas, Asian males dominate at the percentage of 98% according to Asian-Nation. You might say “Oh only America does not believe. You can not say the whole world does not either.” Well, also according to Asian-Nation, U.S. media has so much power that it dominates overseas. This is crucial because although Asian male athletes are 98% overseas, they do not think they are good enough do to the media in the U.S. who portrays Asians as nothing but a bunch of nerds. Through these two sources, you will see how Asians are portrayed in today’s society.
In the film “Linsanity” directed by Evan Leong, you walk along side the NBA player Jeremy Lin and learn his struggles of becoming a basketball player. It is not just any ordinary struggle. It is the struggle of racism. Throughout this film, you see how Asians are portrayed to be untalented in the sports world as Jeremy Lin was cut from his middle school team and told by his coach to go home and do homework instead. Another scene in this film shows that Stanford rejected Jeremy Lin to play on the basketball team because they believed Asians would not be the ideal player for their school. The scene that really pushed the buttons was when Jeremy Lin led his team to state finals in high school but no one believed their team could win because it was an Asian led team. These scenes clearly shows the struggles of being misrepresented in the sports world. In this film, society did not accept Jeremy Lin as a basketball player because of he has an Asian background. He went and proved all of these people wrong. He became so good that it was hard not to notice him. When his home team Golden State Warriors gave him a chance in the league, he became a global icon. He was the inspiration for all the Asian Male athletes around the world. He changed how society started to view Asians in the sports world.
“Shaolin Soccer” directed by Stephen Chow, is another film that misrepresents Asian athletes as well. Just read the title and tell me if you still need explain why the identity of Asian male athletes are misrepresented in modern society. Well, for those who still are clueless this is offensive. Why? It does not just represent Asian male athletes wrong, it comes off a little racist as well. This film is about a group of Asian males that are recruited to play soccer because of their martial arts skills. In no country is this acceptable. Why are Asians assumed to know martial arts? Why can we not be an average soccer player with soccer talents and not martial arts expert? Why is it that, other ethnicities are portrayed as mighty at soccer, and Asian males are portrayed to be pipsqueaks unless they know martial arts? Films like these are the reason society misrepresent Asian male athletes. Media has such a major influence in today’s society that makes it very difficult to change.
Like many of the Asian males around the world, I am misrepresented as well. This really impacts our lives because society makes us feel like we are destined to fail in the sports world and that it is impossible for us to ever succeed. Growing up, I love sports whether it is football or basketball and even tennis. During basketball tryouts freshman year, I was so confident I outplayed everyone there. I scored the most points and racked up the most assist yet I was cut from the team. The coach told me, that I was not athletic enough and it is not my fault but is my genes. In other words he said I was Asian and that Asians can not play basketball. That year, our team consisted of only African Americans and yet there are so many other players that worked harder and much more talented. Those kids were not given the chance because our skin color.
My senior year, I decided to go out and play football. The coach sat me down and told me I am not allowed to use karate on the field. He believes Asians are too small and should not participate and risk an injury. Thus, I was cut from the football team. You know what makes it worst? It was a not cut team. How can Asian male athletes be misrepresented that bad. All I wanted was a chance and I never got that because of how society views Asian male athletes.
Is there a solution to this identity being misrepresented? Well, logically there is. If people open their minds up to get to know someone before they judge. Do I ever think it will happen? No, I do not because as humans, we are too selfish and tend to think highly of ourselves. Americans male athlete will always dominate over Asian male athletes because of how media portrays them. Media has such a huge impact on society that it can manipulate anyone. Asians male athletes are a hard working group of people. Though throughout our lives we have been told no, we use that as motivation to work hard hoping one day we can prove the whole world wrong. One day, maybe we can stop determining who is an athlete based off the color of their skin. Asian male athletes will only be represented correctly is society chooses to .
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