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BY DAVE ROOS @HowStuffWorks.com
A question I always asked myself ” WHY ARENT THERE MORE ASIAN-AMERICANS IN PRO TEAM SPORTS?” The answer is quite simple, “Children of immigrants find it hard to gain cultural approval for sports outside of their neighborhoods,” says Franks, a sociology professor at San Jose State University.
Academic is always going to prevail over any other non-academic things. There aren’t much first generation families would like their children choosing sports as their career. Even if they approved, most colleges and universities don’t offer scholarship to Asian-American players as opposed to White-Americans and African-Americans.
Jeremy Lin, born and raised in California, who in high school was named first-team All State in California and the Division II “Player of the Year,” didn’t get a single scholarship offer from Division I colleges, including most Ivy League Universities. He who led the New York Knicks to a winning turnaround, remains one of the few Asian-American NBA players and is now with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Problem Doesn’t Exist In Other Sports.
Tennis, golf, swimming, gymnastics, soccer and volleyball as such. We’ve seen significantly more Asians participating in these sports comparing to the top three sports in the United States, Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Why?
According to numbers from the 2015-16 school year, there were only 0.2 percent Asian-American men’s basketball players in Division I. In football, it was 0.4 percent. In baseball, 0.8 percent Asian-American baseball players. These figures show Asian-American representation was less than 1 percent for all three sports. However, in some sports, 10.5 percent of women’s Division I golfers were Asian and a whopping 14.6 percent of men’s fencers were Asian as well. That’s almost a 20 percent difference between America’s most popular sports and non-popular sports.
The Truth is…
Thanks to Jeremy Lin, things seem to be changing. Lin finally gave Asian-American kids the role model they needed.”Since that happened, there has definitely been a larger number of Asian kids playing Amateur Athletic Union ball,” says Mon (the tournament director of the Asian Basketball Championships of North America)
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