China and Taiwan vie for a piece of Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin warms up before the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers in New York last week.
February 16th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

China and Taiwan vie for a piece of Jeremy Lin

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By , GlobalPost

In China, nearly a million and a half microblogging messages posted recently mention Asian basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, The New York Times reported, marking a groundswell of interest in the latest sports phenomenon.

The 6-foot-3-inch point guard was mostly sidelined by his New York Knicks basketball team until a recent chance opportunity on courtshot him to stardom a week and a half ago. Lin has now scored a stunning 27 points and 11 assists over a six-game stretch, including athree-pointer in the final moments of a tight New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors game on Tuesday night that secured the Knicks another team win.

But basketball's latest wonderboy may now find himself caught in a competition of a different sort, as both China and Taiwan seek to claim the Asian-American as one of their own. Lin's parents were born in Taiwan, but Communist Party officials in China claim his origins lie in the eastern Chinese city of Jiaxing. FULL POST

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Topics: China • Sports • Taiwan