19 Feb '12, 5am

'Lin-tense' war of words between Taiwan, China

'Lin-tense' war of words between Taiwan, China

TAIPEI: New NBA sensation Jeremy Lin has sparked a war of words between Taiwan and China as the rivals seek to lay claim to being the New York Knicks player's true ancestral homeland. US-born Lin, whose parents are Taiwanese immigrants, has been hailed as "the glory of Taiwan" and inspired a feverish following on the island after coming off the bench and powering the Knicks to a stunning run of triumphs this month. His fans in Taiwan range from President Ma Ying-jeou to teenagers rushing to get a Lin haircut. The Taiwan sports lottery has seen brisk sales as buyers place record bets on matches featuring him. "It's humbling, a privilege, and an honour. I'm really proud of being Chinese, I'm really proud of my parents being from Taiwan," Lin said in a recent interview. But there are also many across the Taiwan Strait who want to claim Lin as their own. His maternal grandmoth...

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