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Congratulations 2014 Portland JACL Leadership;
President Kirk Tambara to Lead the Way
Chip Larouche (l), National JACL Vice President, Planning &Development, swears in the new Board of Directors of PortlandJACL on January 12, 2014, at Chinese Village restaurant, Portland,Oregon. Board members include (l to r) Marlene Wong, KirkTambara, Jean Yamamoto, Setsy Larouche, Lynn Longfellow, ConnieMasuoka, Susan Leedham, and Chris Lee.Photo by Rich Iwasaki
The same year that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947, Wataru Misaka became the first non-caucasian to play in the NBA.
Asian basketball players have to fight stereotypes throughout their basketball careers. ” …people who don’t think stereotypes exist are crazy. If Lin’s white, he’s either a good shooter or heady. If he’s Asian, he’s good at math. We’re not taking him…” exemplified Rex Walters.
Rex Walters is an American former professional basketball player and current men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. In an interview, Walters responded to questions of his feelings that he was a pioneer for Asian-Americans. He responded – “I consider myself Japanese-American. I just don’t look it. People are always surprised. Now we got a guy like Jeremy Lin breaking barriers. Read More >>>
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