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Aaron Cohen

Great column, Nate! As always, you give everyone (whatever their background) much to think about. However, while we should all applaud Jeremy Lin's success, you are aware that the Bulls will stomp the Knicks, right?

Nate Chinen

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. If you're interested in following this thread further, I just encountered another really good piece about Lin and frustrations around the discourse of race. (This one's really good about challenging stereotypes on both the Asian-American/African-American side of the fence.)

Aunty May: whoa! So cool to "see" you here! Thanks for leaving that comment, which I think is so fascinating... I keep returning to the idea that during your stretch on the mainland, you related most to Native Americans. (So much to say about that!) How I wish we could continue this conversation in person. Maybe we can, whenever I finally manage to get back home. Meanwhile, I'll have to go offline and call to find out about the "trouble" T got into.

Andrew Gilbert

Great column Nate. It’s always frustrating that race discussions in jazz are so doggedly binary. It’s, what, six decades since Dizzy, Chano Pozo and Mario Bauza got together and fused jazz and clave. The Asian American jazz movement is more than 30 years old. It’s fascinating and I believe not coincidental that the movement arose just as a distinct Asian American identity (as opposed, or in addition to Japanese-American, Filipino American, etc) took shape. Acknowledging that jazz is an African-American art form is just the beginning of the conversation.

May t. Goya

Hi Aunty may here. I cannot write with such clarity using the standard English that all the other bloggers do...but let me add my thoughts. I often wondered whether race issues touched you since you have made your home on the mainland. So I read your comments today with interest. When I lived in LA in my younger days I lived with and became a part of the Asian American group. This was my first experience living and working very closely with African Americans, Hispanic and Jewish people. Eye opener to say the least. I truly didn't get it! I think I might have offended a Jewish coworker by calling him haole or white, I actually felt most comfortable with native Americans. Anyway, back to the subject.. For local kids moving to the mainland the ackowledgement of race issues takes some adjustment. Don't get me wrong we have our own struggles with race and class issues in Hawaii and paradise is not perfect!
My grandson is in his first year at USC and in his own words"got in trouble" with the Asian kids for making what they said was a racist joke or comment. He wasn't. Just making jokes about each other like we do in Hawaii. The Asians do not consider him to be Asian because like Nate he doesn't look or sound Asian. They call him Hawaiian! Go figure!
So maybe in Hawaii we celebrate linsanity for the main fact that he can play! Nate ..at home we joke that if he lived in Hawaii he would be playing at iolani!
Aloha and much love to you!

Jason Crane | The Jazz Session

Thanks for this, Nate. I appreciate your willingness to talk about your and your family's history in this context.


Patrick Jarenwattananon

Co-sign on the Jay Caspian Kang piece. Let us have a moment, for once! (And all the rest, too, but that would require more than a comment field to expand upon.)

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