I don't feel the burden, just because I think at this point I'm not playing for others.  That might sound rude, I guess, but it's the truth.  I'm not working hard and practicing day in and day out so that I can please other people.  My audience is God. 

At the same time, I understand that there are kids who will look up to me, and I have a duty to be a godly role model.  So in some sense, I don't play for them, but in another sense I do try to carry myself in a way that reflects God's image. 

Yet you would be pleased if your success in the college -- and hopefully the professional -- ranks helped to shatter negative stereotypes of Asian males?

I would be pleased. Absolutely, I would be pleased.

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