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BERKELEY'S NEWS • NOVEMBER 27, 2022

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“Am I saying your name correctly?”
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“Am I saying your name correctly?”
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My name ties me to my family, to my home and to who I am; it reminds me of who I want to be; it is a part of me that I could never give away.
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My name ties me to my family, to my home and to who I am; it reminds me of who I want to be; it is a part of me that I could never give away.
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As “Deen,” I no longer had to be the ambassador for my name’s origin. I could just be an “American,” freed from the shackles of my name’s uniqueness in this country.
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As “Deen,” I no longer had to be the ambassador for my name’s origin. I could just be an “American,” freed from the shackles of my name’s uniqueness in this country.
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This wouldn't be the last time I haphazardly gave my body to somebody whose name I didn’t know. Desperately, I wanted to feel desired.
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This wouldn't be the last time I haphazardly gave my body to somebody whose name I didn’t know. Desperately, I wanted to feel desired.
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As much as I wanted to cherish my full Korean name, I felt that my name was weighing down my confidence and hindering me from being myself while in the United States.
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As much as I wanted to cherish my full Korean name, I felt that my name was weighing down my confidence and hindering me from being myself while in the United States.
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Black music heals me. For me, there is no other place to start but here — to pay homage to the music that birthed and raised me.
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Black music heals me. For me, there is no other place to start but here — to pay homage to the music that birthed and raised me.
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I often wonder how hard it can possibly be to pronounce or remember my first name. It’s Glorace. Not Grace. Why can't people ever remember? How many times do I have to correct them, which is unpleasant for me and embarrassing for them?
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I often wonder how hard it can possibly be to pronounce or remember my first name. It’s Glorace. Not Grace. Why can't people ever remember? How many times do I have to correct them, which is unpleasant for me and embarrassing for them?
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We all change our culturally tied names to make them more palatable for the United States. A name is a beautiful thing — it should never be thrown away.
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We all change our culturally tied names to make them more palatable for the United States. A name is a beautiful thing — it should never be thrown away.
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Jennifer. This is your white name. Little Thảo didn’t understand the feelings that would come out of accepting this small change.
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Jennifer. This is your white name. Little Thảo didn’t understand the feelings that would come out of accepting this small change.
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To my fellow uniquely-named folks, please don’t feel as if you need to present the “easier” version when you introduce yourself.
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To my fellow uniquely-named folks, please don’t feel as if you need to present the “easier” version when you introduce yourself.
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