This is KatM‘s handwritten valentine! Do you like my handwriting here? Haha. This decorative chalkboard is from my kitchen; if you take a look at the pictures, you can see the word smile which I had not been able to fully wipe off.
bloggerdygook has a soundtrack, thanks to dave!! For some reason, it reminds me of walking into a Western saloon where the cowboys hang out. I think it matches what I’m trying to do here, to make a hangout place for all my lovely friends. Thanks so much, dave, I love it!
I am Asian. Aside from my Chinese name, I have not one, but two English names. As a kid, I used to go by one of my English names. But then I went by my Chinese name when I started primary school, because my mother wrote that name on all my exercise books.
So till now, I introduce myself with the Chinese name. When I think of myself, it’s the Chinese name that I see myself as, not the English names. That said, if someone were to call me by any of my names on the street, I’d actually answer to it.
The point? Right, yes. The point is… I don’t get this whole English name thing. Why do we give our kids English names when we are not Caucasians? I mean, you don’t see Caucasians giving their kids Japanese or Chinese names, do you? (Okay, I’m sure there are some out there, but it’s very uncommon.)
I know I’m hitting it rather close to home, seeing as my parents gave me English names, and I myself actually want my own kids to have English names! I mean, why, really?? Why do I want to? Why do we want to fashion ourselves with names that doesn’t exactly reflect our race, or culture, or identity?
I used to think that people who gave themselves English names because they don’t like their real names were lame. ‘Cos it’s not your name in truth; it’s a nickname, a play name. I know better now, and I understand that people have the right to choose what they would like to be called as. I mean, not everybody will like what names their parents gave them. I’m just lucky that I agree with my parents’ taste in names. (Not entirely, though. I really, really don’t like the other English name my parents gave me.)
So, what do you think? Do you think fashioning an English name for yourself when you’re an Asian or giving your kid some fancy English names pretentious? Perhaps for convenience? (It is easier to remember English names since they’re so common.) Does it indicate a lack of pride in your own culture or race?
What does this custom of Asian people having English names signify?