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Asians are still NOT good enough I guess?

March 28, 2019

BY Bo Noung

If you were to compare statistics for basketball players after an entire season of highschool basketball. And you had a player who was 10th in the state in scoring at 22.4 PPG, 4th in the state in assists @ 6.2 APG, 5th in the state in steals @ 3.0 SPG. This player would be considered one of the 10 best players in that state. But this player did not make the state of Utah highschool 6A All-Star team. Why?


Many reasons. Maybe the school had a losing record? (School went 12-10) Maybe    they didn’t beat any major schools? They beat the #4 team in the state and he scored 44 points!  So maybe he’s too short? He is 6’0 tall and dunks with ease. 

So what are the other reasons. It’s the elephant in the room. What does he look like?


#1 Roulervee Vann plays for Granger High in the state of Utah. Roulervee is a mild manner Cambodian kid that played his butt off and had an outstanding season! But in the world we live in, sometimes it’s a popularity contest or image thing. If you don’t look like the masses, you will be excluded. I’m Not gonna use the word discrimination, OOPS, I did. But I will use the word exclusive. We live in a world that only allows certain people to progress because they earned it or not. If you put up the numbers, then it becomes an eye test. If the way you look isn’t what they want, the statistics will not matter. They say the statistics lie.


But they will never call themselves a liar and fraud of a system we live in. For young Roulervee I hope that this trend doesn’t continue for him. He is a very talented young man and basketball player! I hope he will persevere through all or any disappointments he will face because of the way he looks. There was an article written in 2014 by Gene Dempy for NPR just about this topic. 

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/04/02/297287958/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment


It is 2019, and Asianballers are still not good enough on the basketball court. But it’s ok. We will succeed in this game, if the Most High is willing, and have fun doing it. At the end of the day it’s just basketball. Not life or death. But it would be nice to watch more full blooded Asian American basketball players in college and the NBA.