The Jeremy Lin Effect: Being an Asian Sport Psychology Consultant in a Black and White World

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
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  • 1 University of North Texas
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As racially diverse, early-career sport psychology consultants (SPCs), we reflect on our experiences working with collegiate athletes and coaches whose racial/ethnic status were different from our own. Our reflections cover (a) the external effects of stereotypes, presence (and pernicious effects) of microaggressions, and strategies for effectively coping with such transgressions; (b) stereotype threat and how Jeremy Lin’s entry into the NBA affected our self-perceptions; and (c) a call to action to further promote a multicultural approach to sport psychology training, research, and practice. In sharing these thoughts, we hope to promote further dialogue in the emerging field of cultural sport psychology.

The authors are with the University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Please address author correspondence to Alexander Yu at
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