Jeremy Lin row reveals deep-seated racism against Asian Americans

Of the many questions that have been asked about the jaw-dropping success of the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin, who went from a barely known basketball player to one of the most famous athletes in America in a single game, one that has yet to be posed is: what is the connection between Lin and Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? While that aesthetically beautiful but morally bankrupt film is primarily remembered for Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy wardrobe, it is Rooney’s turn as the speech-impaired upstairs neighbour, Mr Yunioshi, that, for me, really gives the movie its true flavour. It’s hard to call a film glamorous when it features a white actor playing an Asian stereotype that would put a Tintin cartoon to shame.

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