Convenience And Association When Talking With One Another

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Convenience and association when talking with one another is one of many uses that names provide. Names carry strong ethnics and religious connotations, and reveal an individual’s affiliation to a specific group. They are able to capture and reflect upon one’s unique culture, history, religion, and lineage. The sense of personal identity and uniqueness that a name gives us is why names interest us and are deemed so important to us as individuals. Unfortunately those of us who carry names that are “hard to pronounce” or are simply “strange” in the eyes of the western world, feel inclined to accommodate to much more Eurocentric names. In spite of their importance, the practice of “white-washing” foreign names is dangerous. It affects all generations in a lineage from the past, present, to the future. Therefore, names have been homogenized for the convenience of the colonizer throughout history, can be seen in current social Chinese policies today, and consequently creates a homogenized legacy of children wearing white masks for future generations. Although many foreigners take part in this name change practice, this research paper will focus on the Chinese American phenomena of name changes. Consequently, Chinese Americans are becoming the new victims forced to wear white masks by their colonizers. It is necessary to analyze this phenomenon to secure the integrity of all cultures. "Proctor: Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life. Because I am not
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