What’s in a name?

Off the Beat

When it comes to names with kanji, it becomes possible to mix past and present by changing only the reading or the kanji.
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2 halves of a whole

Off the Beat

Despite its sometimes arbitrary use, my Chinese name has always felt like a gift: I was the last one in my family named by my great-grandmother.
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Talking back

Off the Beat

I didn’t see choosing to study French as an affront to my heritage or as leaving my culture behind. But my mother disagreed.
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Tenseless, untenable

Kind of chaos

Admitting that I want to be a writer frightens me because it feels as though I would have to relinquish my own temporality.
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Recognizing my white privilege

The Half of It

As I unpack the implications of doing racial justice work as a white-passing womxn, I realize that recognizing my white privilege does not invalidate my identity as a Chinese womxn and a person of color.
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