Chang's rise helped pave way for Lin

Before Jeremy Lin, tennis player Michael Chang inspired Asian American community

Updated: March 4, 2012, 1:48 PM ET
By Kenton Wong | ESPN.com

Jeremy Lin isn't just carrying the New York Knicks.

He's carrying the hopes and dreams of legions of fellow Asian Americans. Most have never met Lin but might feel like they know him. They've been starving for someone like him to come around and break the stereotypes of a race that has been dubbed the "model minority."

He's the boy they grew up with, the one who was in the same class as their daughter, who played sports with their son.

Michael Chang can relate. Two-and-a-half ...

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