Jeremy Lin's success is not just a feel-good story, it's also inspirational, the type of story you tell your kids when their self-esteem is down and they want to give up. He is a symbol of what can happen to those who never stop believing in themselves. His humility through all of the rejection and subsequent adulation is a testament to his character.
Samantha Einstein, Centennial, Colo.
After reading your article on Lin (A Run Like No Other, Feb. 27), I understood why the Linsanity phenomena is not going to quiet down anytime soon. This isn't just about one player hitting it big in the NBA. Lin's journey represents the ethos of the American dream: Through hard work you can be anything you want to be.
Daniel Magence, Teaneck, N.J.
As a U.S.-born male of Taiwanese descent, I have waited decades for two things: an Asian-American who is celebrated for doing something that embodies American culture, and acknowledgment by society that there is such a thing as a Taiwanese (as opposed to just Chinese) American. This is why Lin's ascension in the NBA has been both poignant and transcendent for so many.
Franklin Yuan, Rocklin, Calif.
A Call for Change
Karen S. Schneider's piece on Jack Jablonski (The Way We Play the Game, Feb. 27) was riveting and spot-on. While hockey is a terrific sport, it has accepted unnecessary violence as the core of the game for far too long. Hockey can be played just as well with hard hits, skill and finesse as opposed to vicious hits, thuggery and brutality.
Peter W. Kelly, Hazlet, N.J.