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Old 04-11-2009, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On Tuesday, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

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 [Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey] 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?”

Yesterday, Brown continued to resist calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats “want this to just be about race.”


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Old 04-11-2009, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jesus, how lazy do you have to be you are not even able to learn a name. Theres countries were people speak 4 lenguages and you cant learn names?
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I have a question.

I get a lot of Raptorman orders from Asians. They sign up with Asian name. lets say Wing Ho Chow. But their email address is dan_chow@ hotmail dot com.

Is it correct to address them as Dan instead of Wing Ho ?? Is this insulting in some way?
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The ignorance is astounding.
They just keep electing people like this down there. I mean there are probably Canadian politicians who think that way but at least they aren't stupid enough to say so.
It would be political suicide here. In the States it's almost normal.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i know a ton of asians that changed their names upon coming here, it's a personal choice i guess and i could care less either way.
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I have a question.

I get a lot of Raptorman orders from Asians. They sign up with Asian name. lets say Wing Ho Chow. But their email address is dan_chow@ hotmail dot com.

Is it correct to address them as Dan instead of Wing Ho ?? Is this insulting in some way?
I have a ton of Asian friends and a lot of them use an English nickname to make it easier for socializing. However, I wouldn't assume that they prefer to be called by their nickname, I'd ask them first. In your example, if they provided the name Wing Ho Chow, then I would use that one.

Also, if you were going to mail the person tickets or something Raptorman, they may not have legally changed their name to Dan so if the mail gets in the wrong hands they won't know who to forward it to.

As per the article, I would be totally against forcing them to change their name because of our difficulty in pronunciation. They have a right to be proud of their names and it is a personal choice if they want to change it or not.

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I have a question.

I get a lot of Raptorman orders from Asians. They sign up with Asian name. lets say Wing Ho Chow. But their email address is dan_chow@ hotmail dot com.

Is it correct to address them as Dan instead of Wing Ho ?? Is this insulting in some way?
I'm friends with an exchange student from Taiwan, and his name is George. That is what he likes to be addressed as, but I noticed when he was ordering something online he put in his Asian name, Chun-pin. You're supposed to call them by they're English name that they adopt, but for identification purposes they use their real name.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know Asians who have asian names but everyone calls them by the name they changed it to. BTW this was a stupid comment by a stupid american
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ignorance.

If a chinese guy can say your white english name or my east indian name, why can't you learn to say their name you wanker. It takes 1 minute to ask and learn something but obviously you are too stupid to learn.

Sure i have a nick name but i prefer people to use my real name and i too prefer to call people by their real name (even if it's difficult to say at first).

Why do people like this exist?

The sad thing is i see this "racist" or "ignorant" shit everyday. My clients are all Americans and the comments i hear (substantial amount) them make about our Team in India are ridicuolous. Sad thing is they don't realize i'm Indian and how stupid they would feel if i said something....

Anyways, what are you going to do? Can't help ignorant people see they light when they have gone this far into stupidity.
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Nothing out of the ordinary for a republican out of the south.

Back when I lived in North Carolina there was a Japanese guy in my dad's office named Hirobumi. None of my dad's colleagues could figure out how (and didn't really want to take the time) to pronounce his name and started calling him "Jim". My dad, good old Canadian he is, was the only one in the office who actually called Hirobumi "Hirobumi."
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are we extended the same courtesy if we move to an Asian country?? If so, call me Long Dong, ok mami??
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The most comical part about all of this is that Cantonese is a one syllable language. How hard is it to pronounce Wing Ho Chow?

Wing - That's what you eat with beers.
Ho - That's who you eat it with.
Chow - That's what you're doing.
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^thats one of the posts of the year right there
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For being a self proclaimed welcoming divers country, and a country that everyone wants to live in (complete Bullshit BTW), they have a real strange way of showing it.
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I new an asian who's name was Wongzishi Yin. However, his english name was Andre lol.
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For being a self proclaimed welcoming divers country, and a country that everyone wants to live in (complete Bullshit BTW), they have a real strange way of showing it.
There's a fine line between being diverse and multicultural. The U.S. is diverse, but Canada is both diverse and multicultural.
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almost every asian i know that immigrated to canada used an english name when they arrived here. i always thought it was done to make their transition easier being how crude kids can be with names and jokes.

last i remember, they all dropped their english names and go by their birth name now
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The thing that makes me kinda laugh is that most Asian names that i've encountered are very easy to pronounce (IMO at least). I'm scared to know what Betty Brown and others like her would think of many Polish names. Now THOSE mofos are hard to pronounce to the non-Polish speaker.
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