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  • samlee87

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    Jul 26, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
     
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    Because some names can be hard for Americans to pronouce or it's a translation of the name.
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    Haha. Most Asian people may have "white" names in America. In Asia, they don't.

    Folks who feel culturally American (rather than whatever their original ethnic heritage or nationality is) are more likely to give their kids "American" (i.e., currently popular in America) names.

    It's not necessarily a "white" thing, altogether. Take a look at the credits from some BBC America TV show sometime. Folks in England certainly have different names than we do here in America, and both countries are majority white and English-speaking....
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    I had an Asian friend whose first name was Jose............ummm no
  • Karl

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    Jul 26, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    My real name is Trần Mạnh Kha, can you speak it ?
    I found out that Karl and Kha sounds nearly the same , so I pick'Karl' to make it easy.
    I only use the name Karl when talking with my foreign friends.
    I use my real name almost the time
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    Jul 26, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    My Asian name is Tran Ne' Mess.
    I hate it so much, but sometimes when I am drunk, it kind of fits.
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    Jul 26, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    I took the other route, I'm white and have a Chinese name lol
  • Import

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    because white names are better
    /thread
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    Jul 26, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    Sebastian

    Derived from Latin, derived from Sanskrit
  • Karl

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    Import saidbecause white names are better
    /thread

    my real name is more beautiful and more meaning than my 'white' name icon_twisted.gif
  • ldl200

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    could you imagine an asian dude named Shaquille, DeAndre, or an asian girl named Ebony or Juana....sadly enough, of course when people from other countries come to the US...the first names they want to grab are those popular with white folks. everyone wants to be white, right?
  • Import

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    Karl said
    Import saidbecause white names are better
    /thread

    my real name is more beautiful and more meaning than my 'white' name icon_twisted.gif


    dude, in English speaking countries, asian names dont take on the same "meaning" and beauty that your native tongue allows for, so it makes sense to change it
  • Import

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    ldl200 saidcould you imagine an asian dude named Shaquille, DeAndre, or an asian girl named Ebony or Juana....sadly enough, of course when people from other countries come to the US...the first names they want to grab are those popular with white folks. everyone wants to be white, right?


    Ebony means black or dark.....why would an asian want that name anyway?

    White people dont name their kids Ivory. it's not about having a "white name" rather more about having a "western name"
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    Jul 26, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    Probably language differences; they don't want to hear their names being butchered

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    Jul 26, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    samlee87 saidMy friend Jun calls himself "Jason"

    Why do Asians have American first names instead Asian first names?


    Jun sounds like a girls name btw (like June?)
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    Jul 26, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    While I could have received an Asian name, my mom decided to go with a name that was geared toward the American culture (as well as starting with the same letter as my brother's). The purpose behind this was to make it easier for me to culturally fit in whether it be in school or work. Growing up, I had friends who had Asian names that either shortened their name or something similar to and American name.

    I remember reading an article about France and how they have name biases when it comes to applying for jobs. When they saw a name of French roots, they were likely to be hired or gain extra attention compared to those of who were muslim-- food for thought.


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    Jul 26, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    Hapuna saidProbably language differences; they don't want to hear their names being butchered

    A few Asians I used to work with told me it's actually disrespectful in their culture to butcher someone's name, and that's why they have Americanized pseudonyms.
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    Or some people of Asian descent have lived here long enough that they simply feel more American? It only takes a generation or two to lose touch with one's country of origin.

    Even though I'm not Asian, my name has common variants across most European languages. I frankly don't care if people pronounce my name the Spanish way or English way. When I studied in Russia, I didn't mind people calling me by the Russian variant of my name. Didn't matter to me. It's the same name regardless icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Hapuna saidProbably language differences; they don't want to hear their names being butchered

    A few Asians I used to work with told me it's actually disrespectful in their culture to butcher someone's name, and that's why they have Americanized pseudonyms.


    Ding!! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    When I was a child, I made everybody call me Ron instead of the name my parent's gave me. My real name was hard to pronounce and kids made fun of me all the time.

    Today I go by the name my parents gave me. I feel like I am insulting them if I go by any other name.
  • samlee87

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    Jul 27, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Hapuna said
    samlee87 saidMy friend Jun calls himself "Jason"

    Why do Asians have American first names instead Asian first names?


    Jun sounds like a girls name btw (like June?)


    yes, just like the monh of June.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun_(given_name)
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    Jul 27, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    LOL,i dun have english name(white name??) back when i still stay in asia,but when u live in a western world like US,UK,AUS,and if u try to introduce urself with ur asian name,they will have so much problem to pronoun it,it is like we try to embarass them,so i just adapt the name "John" which similiar to my chinese name,this is better coz the name is easier to pronoun and remember.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    samlee87 saidMy friend Jun calls himself "Jason"

    Why do Asians have American first names instead Asian first names?


    What exactly is an "American" name anyways, though? My real name is Daniel and that may be thought of as American, but it's existed for many years around the globe in different countries (and different languages/dialects - eg Danilo).
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    My husband goes by his Chinese grandfather's name, Dalin.
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    Karl said
    Import saidbecause white names are better
    /thread

    my real name is more beautiful and more meaning than my 'white' name icon_twisted.gif


    @Karl - Ignore Import. He's racist and has posted how he has a thing against Asians. And, his only claim to fame is a brief shot (literally) on Candid Traffic Camera.