Post by koreanhalfie on Oct 5, 2010 15:57:01 GMT -5
Mine is Ji-Eun, a pretty ordinary name in South Korea. I have yet to met an eurasian with a legal Asian first name. Anyone have one? Maybe you have an Asian nickname used by people around you? Does the origin of your name affects the way your perceive yourself? Please forgive me if I ask noob questions regarding eurasians that have already been answered over the years.
My Japanese name (also my middle name) is Shoichi, but I've never gone by it.
I even went to Japanese school every Saturday for 8 years when I was growing up. Apparently when I first started going, my mom wanted me to use the Japanese name "Hashimoto Shoichi" (my mom's last name), but I was adamant about using my real name.
Anyway, I ended up sticking out like a sore thumb because my name, when transliterated into Japanese Katakana becomes "Temukin Roren" (see if you can guess what my actual name is from that).
Yeah, so I eventually ended up the only one left over with a fully American name... Bad times.
I can only hang with whitey (or mixed groups) now because I just feel so different when I'm around all real Japanese people. The argument could be made that my inability to hang stems from my American first name. But there's also other factors, such as my appearance and language proficiency.
I have 2 chinese names, but my asian family calls me by both western and chinese. Sometimes asian people just prefer to call me by my chinese name...I don't mind, in fact, I actually prefer it to my Christian name
Post by milkman's baby on Oct 18, 2010 16:03:17 GMT -5
It's rare to be given an Asian first name in America as a Eurasian. I think everyone would just confuse the kid for actually being from that country and would see them as a foreigner. Just to give you an idea of how whitewashed I am, I'll admit most of the Asian names I hear aren't that pleasant sounding to me. There's occasionally a melodic Japanese name but the majority of Chinese or Korean names sound a little funny to the American ear, even it's not sexual innuendo (i.e. Wang, Suk-Mi, etc.). I'm sure the South Koreans and Chinese can give us a list of laughs brought on by Anglo names.