Welcome to America! Now change your name so people can say it easier.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/04/09/brown-asian-names/

Meh. I’m not Asian – but I’m married to one, so therefore, my surname is Asian. Admittedly it’s an easy name to pronounce, but seriously? Does this woman really think we have the right to ask people to give up their culture, just to make it easier for her?

“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.

Ok…let’s not forget all those German names. Or Polish names. Or Indian names. Or Russian names. Or Hispanic names. Oh hell. Let’s just give *everyone* a nice WASP name like Miller, or Smith, or BROWN. You know. To make it easier.

Feh. The mind boggles.

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4 Responses to Welcome to America! Now change your name so people can say it easier.

  1. Darchala says:

    That… is one serious case o’ the lazy.

    Eastern European names are *totally* harder, though, at least for me. One of my mothers usually says that her name is pronounced “Smith” when she sees someone reading it with a look of dread.

  2. Scopique says:

    Believe it or not, the name Smith carries with it it’s own mixed bag of stupidity…As if YOU, sir or madam, are the VERY FIRST PERSON EVER to ask me if that IS my real last name.

    To which I whisper, “It’s what they gave me when they placed me into the witness protection program.”

    Instant silence! Just add discomfort!

  3. Kendris says:

    *sighs*

    No…it's not about racism…it's about stupidity.

    My maiden name was Smith, and my best friend since junior high & college roommate was Jones…we got no end of strange looks.

  4. AmberSmiley says:

    Um… wow. I thought our country grew out of that kind of “thought” decades ago. God forbid Americans should ever be troubled learn something new or expand their knowledge of other cultures. 😛 I’ve always made an effort to learn how to pronounce a person’s name properly. Not only is it interesting to learn something new and (gasp!) become more knowledgeable, it’s a sign of respect.

    My married name is Miller, and I kinda miss having a name with more flavour to it. 🙂 Not that my maiden name was all that interesting, but it was fun to laugh over the ways people could screw it up. 😀

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