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America Ruined My Name for Me

America Ruined My Name for Me | Name News | Scoop.it
So I chose a new one.
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A very thought-provoking read, thanks to Abby for sharing. I remember Beth Nguyen from this post too: http://www.nancy.cc/2014/05/02/vietnamese-name-bich/

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Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? - The New York Times

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
At first I thought her four names were a beautiful compromise. But at 18 months old, her eyes are bluish-gray, her hair is light brown. While I’ve tried to wrestle with what it means for her to appear so light in a society that hugely privileges whiteness, I’ve grown more uneasy about her name. Her first and last names, the most salient parts, look and sound as white as her features.
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“The New Jim Code” – Ruha Benjamin on racial discrimination by algorithm

“The New Jim Code” – Ruha Benjamin on racial discrimination by algorithm | Name News | Scoop.it
Benjamin, a resolute professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, accepted it as a dare. “I gave the child an Arabic first and middle name and noted on his birth announcement: ‘This guarantees he will be flagged anytime he tries to fly,’” she writes.
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What My Name Says About Who I Am - ZORA

Through names, we reveal ourselves to the world. For those of us who are mixed race or otherwise between cultures, deciding how to present them is a way to confirm or complicate the stories told by our physical appearance.
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'Why didn’t you teach me our language?'

'Why didn’t you teach me our language?' | Name News | Scoop.it
Lola is the first born British-Nigerian in her family. In this candid conversation she asks her mum why she was never taught their mother tongue.
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Really interesting interview, and there's chat about names from 4:20.

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Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name'

Bosses Tell BAME Employees to Get a 'Western Work Name' | Name News | Scoop.it
Black Asian Minority and Ethic workers, also known as BAME, revealed they have directly or indirectly been told to use more English sounding names in the workplace.
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Claiming the History in Family Names - The New York Times

Claiming the History in Family Names - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
My immigrant father thought adopting an American name was a prudent measure to avoid mispronunciations. To me it felt like admitting defeat.
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Oh! The ending is perfect.

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My Name, My Identity on Twitter: "Do you want to encourage your students to show pride in their names and identities through visual arts? @SCCOE is seeking student artwork submissions for the theme...

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Cool competition

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The Trouble with Facundo –

The Trouble with Facundo – | Name News | Scoop.it
In the 1950s, Ramón Sanchez was a Mexican-American student attending elementary school in southern California. By the second grade, his name had been Anglicized to “Raymond.” Simil…
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A Dear Abby post on "unusual" names gets identity all wrong —

A Dear Abby post on "unusual" names gets identity all wrong — | Name News | Scoop.it
The earlier we’re exposed to multiple cultures, the easier it is for us to understand one another, no matter where we’re from, and even if where we are “from” is more than one place.
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Thoughts On My Name

Thoughts On My Name | Name News | Scoop.it
Delphina Moon, while beautifully celestial and unique, is not my real name. Not even close. My real name is quite popular. It’s the family favorite, the #1 baby name for several years, #3 the year I made my way into the world, the three-other-girls-in-my-class-of-20 have it sort of name. It’s the kind of name that one
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Names and Selves: Transnational Identities and Self-Presentation among Elite Chinese International Students

Names and Selves: Transnational Identities and Self-Presentation among Elite Chinese International Students | Name News | Scoop.it
What accounts for name choices in a transnational context? What does the choice of ethnic or English names reveal about global identities and the desire to fit into a new culture?
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OPINION: A person's name is a part of his or her cultural identity | The Examiner | Launceston, TAS

OPINION: A person's name is a part of his or her cultural identity | The Examiner | Launceston, TAS | Name News | Scoop.it
OPINION: A person's name is a part of his or her cultural identity
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Name discrimination: stop telling people their name is difficult

Name discrimination: stop telling people their name is difficult | Name News | Scoop.it
Poorna Bell has faced decades of confusion, racism and unconscious bias around her 'difficult' name. Here, she explains why this is categorically not OK.
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Sunday Summary: The Power of Name Dreams

Sunday Summary: The Power of Name Dreams | Name News | Scoop.it
Do you dream of names? How 'bout the actual name that you gave your child? I'm beginning to think that lots of people do. Plus, Lyra + Alma + more names.
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Celebrity Baby Names

Celebrity Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Celebrity baby names in this week's news includes two very different boy names, and lots of stories about how names shape our identity...and maybe even the way we look!
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How to change your name, and how it changes you

How to change your name, and how it changes you | Name News | Scoop.it
Legally changing my name was an emotional day. The best part was sharing it with strangers.
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A great read (thanks Emma for sharing!)

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Do you look like your name?

Do you look like your name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
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Opinion | America, Say My Name - The New York Times

Opinion | America, Say My Name - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
Yaseen. Ellison. Viet. Nguyen. All American names, if we want them to be.
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Unique Name Is Something To Be Proud Of, But It's Not Easy

Unique Name Is Something To Be Proud Of, But It's Not Easy | Name News | Scoop.it
There will be a day when it feels like you’ve finally turned a corner. Someone will hear your name and they won’t say the same tired thing everyone else says. That person will help you to see your name is a whole new light.
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Call You By Your Name –

Call You By Your Name – | Name News | Scoop.it
(With thanks to Andre Aciman, for a variation of the title.)  “Very healthy, we believe you. A girl, though? Impossible! This family only has boys.” That was, allegedly, my parents̵…
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An essay about being called Roxani an Roxanne.

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