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Thursday, April 09, 2009

And Could You Not Talk With That Funny Accent?

Texas state Rep. Betty Brown has a great suggestion for Asian Americans who have trouble being identified for voting purposes.

Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?” [Link]

Randy

That's does it---I'm changing my name to something Chinese.

Chris

Finally, this link comes in handy!

Jim

Better yet Ms. Brown should change her name to something more descriptive. I suggest Flaming Idiot.

Chris

I like how she distinguishes between "people with foreign-sounding names" and "Americans." As if those two groups are mutually exclusive.

John

Thanks for the link, my name is now Niu Zhe Han.

I'd try to figure out what her name is, but none of the choices for 'desired essence of the name' seemed appropriate for her.

Rob

You inspired me to write this account of something that happened a few weeks ago.

http://robmanderson.blogspot.com/2009/04/i-need-to-learn-to-speak-english.html

Chris

I'm sorry, Rob, I couldn't read a word of that. Could you post an English translation?

Rob

Chris, nope, I'm still trying to enroll in English classes! :-)

Sandra Ruffing

Wow...just wow. (shakes head)

Andy E. Wold

I say we give [mis-]Representative Brown a great (valid) Korean name: Yu Suk-Bum :)

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