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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In mother tongues

American Pie?

My mother strings words together more eloquently than I, both despite her lack of familiarity with English and because of it.
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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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