I like Texans, but..

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    Apr 09, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    This is just funny and sad at the same time.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6365320.html

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/Asians_urged_to_use_easier_names.html

    A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

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    Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

    “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.
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    What dose he mean by that?

    If you are going to emigrate to an English speaking country you should have a version of your name in English alphabetic characters. I can't imagine there are many computers in government agencies with Chinese character keyboards etc

    But telling all asians to rename themselves all Bill, Tom, Mary for lazy dumb americans convenience is stupid
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    Hehe. Yeah that's exactly it. She is suggesting that Asians Americans with Asian first names should change it to something more American.
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    I guess it could work...

    I kind of preferred the old system where we just called them all Jakie Chan
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    haha thats funny. silly Texans
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    oh brother... icon_rolleyes.gif

  • JayneCobb

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    Apr 09, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    Well one of my brothers got a new name when he moved to the states "Matt Evans". Not sure why, don't recall of the top of my head but thats what his documents all say.
  • dionysus

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    Apr 09, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    my last name is vann. on paper, people think im from asia.

    what the hell.
  • tallchris

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    Apr 09, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    I thought you Americans dealt with non-English names just by pronouncing them in a sort of simplified American way, which sounds bizarre to the natives of the places from where these names come. So: Bloomberg, Des Moines, Notre Dame, Rumsfeld, Rothschild, Kissinger, Einstein, and so it goes on. No doubt there are better examples and from all around the world.

    The USA is a land of immigrants. It is also a land of extremes as well as everything in the middle. Which is why you get closed-minded and plain idiotic views, such as you have quoted from someone who thinks that time and the cultural mixing should stop just where he is comfortable with it. Fortunately there are many open-minded intellingent Americans, even some on this website!
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    Apr 09, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    Now you know why we only let our legislature met for 170 days every two years.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 09, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    OK, checked out the link, she's a Republican. 'Nuff said. Republicans simply say dumb-ass stuff like this, because they are stupid bigots. They don't know any better. They will continue to say hideous things, because they are Republicans, and the rest of us should not get too upset about it.

    But neither should we slacken in our fight against their anti-gay, anti-minority rhetoric. And challenge those here on RJ who support their agenda, to crush gay & minority rights.
  • Rookz

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    Psh, people have a hard time with my name even though its a "common" name. I had to tell someone,

    "It's Randy, not Brandy the drink you just had 5 minutes ago 'cause you can't even think straight to say my name."
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    Apr 09, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    Hmmm.....my mom and her siblings had to change their names when they immigrated to the States......

    ......fifty years ago.
  • dantoujours

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Good grief. Many Polish, Swedish, Czech, Croatian and Finnish names are much harder to spell and pronounce than Asian names. Why pick on Asians?


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  • Rookz

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Cause, they're Texans.
  • JohnG16775

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    That could happen anywhere, dont pick on Texas, I love it. I was not born here but got here as quick as I could
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    Apr 09, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    americans are just too lazy and slow to say a dam name. its not an enitre language, its a freakin name!!!
  • SpartanJock

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    Everyone here in MN has a hard time pronouncing my son's name, Declan (deck-lyn). People seem to want to pronounce it Dee-clan. Which is really interesting considering his name is Irish Gaelic, originally spelled Deaglan which is pronounced similar to the Anglicized spelling. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    Since the poor ole politician can't pronounce Asian names, perhaps he should stick to pronouncing the word XENOPHOBIA.
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    Apr 09, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    The guy is a rude bigot, if you ask me.

    One more thing: I don't think it's funny at all.
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    Apr 09, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    dantoujours saidGood grief. Many Polish, Swedish, Czech, Croatian and Finnish names are much harder to spell and pronounce than Asian names. Why pick on Asians?


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    I don't think the pick was on Asians per se. i have a german friend who shortened his name from Karlheinz to Karl since Americans had problems pronouncing it.
  • zakariahzol

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    Apr 09, 2009 8:59 PM GMT
    My real name is not like in my profile. I change it so it dont sound too cartoonish and make me sound like some guys from another planet. However the first latter Z is correct, since Z is pronounce Zak in a British speaking country so I am just Zak . Not try to be anything I'm not, but just try to make it simple.
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    Apr 09, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    dantoujours saidGood grief. Many Polish, Swedish, Czech, Croatian and Finnish names are much harder to spell and pronounce than Asian names. Why pick on Asians?


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    OKAY, thank you!

    What, these silly people find it difficult to pronounce names like LEE, WOK and HO?!! Seriously!....icon_mad.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 09, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    I think some of the people in Texas just love showing their ignorance. What is with the xenophobia among some Texans. I guess it is a republican thing or it is because of the intense heat and humidity, whatever. I think it is disgusting that they are picking on Asian groups and not on European or Hispanic groups. Why single Asians out? I sense some strong anti-Asian sentiment among some of the people of Texas. They are just paranoid over diversity and different cultures for no reason other than they are ignorant.
  • JohnG16775

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    Apr 09, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    Now I understand, this could happen anywhere, why pick on Texas you guys. Please we are proud of our state.