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Old 04-09-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Chinese people should change their names

According to a state rep in Texas anyway...

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On Tuesday, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told [Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey] Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”
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Holy crap these people's ignorance and arrogance kill me...
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I think it would behoove Betty Brown to be less of an offensive idiot.
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I think it would behoove Betty Brown to be less of an offensive idiot.
Or at least resign and promise never ever to speak again.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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I work in an immigration law office and we have a lot of Chinese clients. Their names are usually like Xiang Xiao Wang or something like that and then in parenthesis (Harry). lol. Almost every single one of our clients have an 'English' name that they use in the States rather than their Asian name. It's just funny because its always like Bob, or Bill, or some really plain American name that just doesnt 'go' with them.
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this isn't as uncommon as some of you think, as sicy has already pointed out.

i taught a japanese man english, and he had his name "changed" so to speak so that the local germans could have an easier time pronouncing his name. he says the same thing happens when non-japanese people go back... they get japanese names.
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So, this woman wants it to be like in the old days? When immigrants' names were changed to sound more "American"?

And what's wrong with learning a different language? Most of the world could speak more than one language anyway.
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this isn't as uncommon as some of you think, as sicy has already pointed out.

i taught a japanese man english, and he had his name "changed" so to speak so that the local germans could have an easier time pronouncing his name. he says the same thing happens when non-japanese people go back... they get japanese names.

Of course it's not uncommon but to approach a Chinese American rep and actually say don't you think it would be better if you called yourself Howard it would be easier on me?
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this isn't as uncommon as some of you think, as sicy has already pointed out.

i taught a japanese man english, and he had his name "changed" so to speak so that the local germans could have an easier time pronouncing his name. he says the same thing happens when non-japanese people go back... they get japanese names.

One of my brothers speaks Japanese he got a degree (certificate) in that language at University. He lived in Japan for a few years worked there and taught English part time. When I went to visit him all his Japanese friends called him Bato-san, not his given American name.
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Yeah, I agree. It's one thing to change your name or give yourself a nickname for whatever reason - that's your choice.

But for someone - a politician - to come out and say "You should change your name because it's hard to pronounce?"

Not so much.
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Yeah I know that our clients just do it because they want to and/or its easier for them at work or whatever.
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Is it too late to have that woman neutered????
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I said this story before, but it warrants mentioning here. A lot of these Chinese immigrants that have English names don`t actually choose it themselves. Rather they have an English teacher do it for them. And many are so proud and happy to have an English name, they use it for life when the situation calls for it.

When I taught in China, if I had kindergarteners or first graders, it was up to me to give them English names. This was for two reasons: one, it would be a good way to get in the habit of speaking English (My name is Robert). Secondly, it would be easier for the teacher to get to know and manage the class with English names.

I would usually go by personality and give them names of friends or family that had similar traits. One class I decided to name the short, talkative one, Bono. He was so proud of that name, even though he had no idea who Bono is. He`s probably 12 now and still sporting that name.

But yeah, I agree with Cori. That politician was way out of line.
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Of course it's not uncommon but to approach a Chinese American rep and actually say don't you think it would be better if you called yourself Howard it would be easier on me?
ha... i know. that's outrageous. no argument there.
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Yeah, I agree. It's one thing to change your name or give yourself a nickname for whatever reason - that's your choice.

But for someone - a politician - to come out and say "You should change your name because it's hard to pronounce?"

Not so much.
Agreed. Though I'm totally unused to Asian people changing their names. I'd never actually heard of it before I opened this thread!
Here we just call people by their names, no matter how hard it is to pronounce.
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