A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am


Jeremy Lin

The anonymous benchwarmer turned into an NBA superstar after scoring a career-high 38 points to lead the Knicks to a 92-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. His pinpoint passing then helped the team beat the Sacramento Kings. Lin said he was happy to show that Asian-Americans could thrive in the NBA, as could players from elite academic institutions, such as his alma mater Harvard. And he's creating a whole new vocabulary Linderella; Lincredible; Super Lintendo; and of course, Linsanity, the Twitter trending word of choice.

Christian Bale

The actor was unruffled by a run-in with mainland security officials while making the film The Flowers of War, which deals with the Japanese occupation of Nanjing . Apparently stung by criticism in the United States that he had been indifferent to the plight of China's dissidents while making the movie, Bale tried to visit blind dissident Chen Guangcheng in Shandong last month, where he was forcibly turned away, apparently by plainclothes policemen. Appearing at the Berlin film festival Bale said the dispute had not soured his experience of making the film.

Jaya Maharaj

A tiny infant became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker, undergoing the procedure just 15 minutes after being born. A team of doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in San Francisco fitted the device after determining that Jaya, who was born nine weeks premature, had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery. Today, at a little less than three months old, Jaya weighs 3.63 kilograms and is thriving.