Kobayashi’s only real competition is Joey Chestnut, a full-blooded American boy born and raised in California. As an Asian-American, I should be cheering on Chestnut. Like Joey, I was born and raised in America, a full-blooded ABC. I have no real connection to Kobayashi besides the fact that I look more like him than Chestnut.
Am I the only Asian-American who hopes Kobayashi can reclaim his title? Care to help explain my prejudice? Does my attitude tarnish the cause and only reinforce the perception of perpetual foreigners and mixed allegiances?