5. For Asian American sports pros, stereotype is the challenger to beat

Photo illustration of Jeremy Lin and a collage of other sports-related imagery

Photo Illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Taiwanese American Jeremy Lin was the Knicks star player in 2012, handing his team a turnaround victory and sparking "Linsanity." But that didn't stop the racial slurs hurled at him then — and today.

Why it matters: Lin has bounced around the NBA from team to team, and from the pros to the minor leagues and back. He's one of a handful of professional Asian American athletes who have broken color lines and struggled to open doors for athletes coming after them.

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