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He recalled that when Lin beat the buzzer to give the Knicks the win against the Raptors, the crowd exploded _ and the game was in Toronto, not New York.

“That alone should show how significant Jeremy Lin is to the Asian people,” Kim said. “He’s not just an athlete playing for a team. He’s playing for a whole culture and our representation to the rest of the world.”

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Jesse Washington is reachable at http://www.twitter.com/jessewashington or jwashington(at)ap.org.