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Breaking the Asian myth: No, not ALL Asians are short

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As title of this series suggests, our Breaking the Asian Myth stories seek to challenge absurd stereotypes about the Asian community. So far we’ve looked into the ridiculous assumption that all Asian women have the same kind of hair, the impossible belief that Asians can’t get fat, and even the dangerous theory that Asian women need not worry about breast cancer. Yeah, my eyes hurt from all the eyerolling too.

In reality, the umbrella term “Asian” is composed of many, many ethnicities so no one should assume we all have the exact same features. However, it seems no matter how many times we have to clarify that these assumptions don’t apply to all of us (No mister, I can’t explain to you what your Chinese tattoo means… seeing as I’m not even Chinese), we still have a load of overgeneralizations thrown at us on a daily basis.

One such overgeneralization that I’ve heard all my life is the idea that all Asians are short. Being a proud member of the fun-sized community myself, I admit that there are quite a number of us. But is that enough to justify the pure shock and disbelief Asians get when they actually are tall? I don’t know about that.

So here’s some love for all of you who are tired of people constantly pointing out that you’re tall for an Asian, and feel left out when you tower over the rest of us. You’re not alone! Check out some of our favorite Asian celebs who certainly break this Asian Myth.

Yao Ming — 7’6”

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Dave Bautista — 6’6″

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Dwayne Johnson — 6’5″

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Jeremy Lin — 6’4″

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Daniel Henney — 6’2″

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Sung Kang — 6’1″

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Kimora Lee Simmons — 6’0”

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Liu Wen — 5’11”

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Tao Okamoto — 5’10”

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Sui He — 5’10”

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Sun Fei Fei — 5’10”

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Grace Park 5’9”

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Deepika Padukone 5’9”

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The Fung Bros. present: “Asian NBA Players”

 

The Best Asian NBA Players Ever!

9. Sun Yue
8. Yuta Tabuse
7. Ha Seung-Jin
6. Wat Misaka
5. Mengke Bateer
4. Wang Zhi Zhi
3. Yi Jianlian
2. Jeremy Lin
1. Yao Ming

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Yao Ming reportedly wants to buy the Clippers

 

The Dream Shake:

With news breaking that Donald Sterling will allow his wife to go ahead and sell the Clippers, many are starting to speculate on who could make a deal and buy the team. Magic Johnson has been discussed to death, and now there is another name reportedly joining the fray: Yao Ming.

After retiring from the league in 2011, Yao returned to China and bought his former team, the Shanghai Sharks, who were in financial disarray, and has owned them ever since. Returning to the United States to buy the Clippers would be a huge surprise, but the league would be much better off for it.

With Donald Sterling departing, the NBA is going to want any new owner of the team to be a model citizen to help make the stink Sterling left go away. Out goes the racist, discriminatory scumbag and in comes a guy who has spent his free time over the last three years saving endangered animals in Africa? It’s a dream for Adam Silver.

Add in the fact that Yao is internationally one of the most widely respected and loved players to ever play in the NBA, and it’s a slam dunk for the league. Yao is a great ambassador for the game to Asia, and his returning to involvement in the NBA would be a boon for the league’s popularity abroad.

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Yao Ming reportedly wants to buy the Clippers

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China poised to overtake the U.S. yet again… This time as the new Wine Country

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The Chinese love their vinos – as well as imports from popular grape-growing areas like the U.S., France and Australia – and they are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the wine industry.

Wine sales in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland have already become a $1 billion business as consumption has doubled twice over the last five years. Even with the annual growth slowing, China has emerged as the world’s fifth-largest market for wine consumption.

What’s more, industry analysts believe that China’s thirst for wine will only get bigger as households become wealthier. Some suggest that Chinese consumption could double again by as soon as 2016 to 400 million cases. That would put it on par with U.S. consumptions levels, which now rank No. 2 in the world, only behind France. At these growth rates, China is on track to become the world’s largest wine market inside of a decade.

Though the Chinese produce 180 million cases of wine annually, China has become one of the top import markets for U.S. wines. Last year, California alone saw export sales to Asia double as more than $74 million worth of wine was delivered to China.

Entrepreneurs like retired NBA star Yao Ming are capitalizing on this cultural shift. The former Houston Rockets basketball player launched his own label two years ago using grapes grown in Northern California’s renowned Napa Valley. His proprietary blends are pricey at $400 to $1,200 a bottle.

This year, Yao Family Wines brought out a cheaper wine – a 2010 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes – that retails for about $87, still out of reach for most Mainlanders.

Yao’s wines, like most premier vintages, are sold and served at the prestigious House of Roosevelt on the Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront. The exclusive Roosevelt Club, established by the great-grandson of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, boasts of 4,000 wine labels, easily China’s largest. Some 10% of those labels are American. The House of Roosevelt’s commitment to the Mainland underscores the growth potential for wine sales.

Despite such aggressive growth and interest in U.S. wines, Hong Kong and Mainland China remain a complex market for foreign wine importers and investors who must consider their involvement in terms of generations, not just years.

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China poised to overtake the U.S. yet again… This time as the new Wine Country

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Jeremy Lin: His Impact On Changing The Perception Of The Asian American Male

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Great article on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon, and his impact. Here are some excerpts:

Most Asian male athletes of significance are either from AsiaYao Ming, Ichiro, Hideki Matsui, Manny Pacquiao — or those not primarily identified as being Asian — Tiger Woods, Hines Ward, Apolo Ohno, Johnny Damon

This is why the Jeremy Lin phenomenon has been so spectacular. While it does transcend race — his story is the perfect storm of underdog elements being played out in the media capital of the world — it does not exclude race. Lin is a breakthrough because the Asian American male has always lagged behind in cultural visibility and acceptance…

Ruth Chung, a USC professor who specializes in Asian American cultural identity:

“Males are seen as competition, and for Asian American men, their greatest threat to white males was perceived to be their intelligence, so it was always easy to stereotype them as being geeky and socially inept…

The greatest beauty in what Jeremy Lin is doing is that he fulfills an Asian American stereotype — he is smart, he went to Harvard, he works hard — and by doing so, he subverts another stereotype… 

If Asian men are going to be seen as intelligent, they have to be dismissed in other ways: Socially and sexually inept, not being masculine, and sports is often so wrapped up in a hyper-masculine identity.”

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Jeremy Lin: His Impact On Changing The Perception Of The Asian American Male

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