I previously wrote about the evolution of the American identity and how in the context of American society becoming more diverse and globalized, we as Asian Americans now have the opportunity to use our transnational cultural ties and networks to make meaningful contributions to moving American society and its economy forward into the 21st century. The first example involves Lori Phanachone, a Laotian American high school student in Des Moines Iowa, who refused to take an English fluency test, arguing that as an Honors student for several years and one who speaks perfect English, the test is insulting, demeaning, and discriminatory. She was initially suspended by her school district and her National Honor Society membership was revoked. Lori Phanachone, a senior who ranks seventh in her class of about and has a 3. Her parents are Laotian and still speak little English.
Betty Brown, Texas Republican, Asks Asian-Americans To Simplify Names
Is It Racist?: The Betty Brown "You're in America Now" Name Generator.
Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible. As an immigrant to the U. This got so bad that my parents finally gave me an American name. When I first had the right to vote at the age of 18, I would have encountered the same issues discussed by Ko if I was required to produce identification. I clung to my Americanized name of Timothy for much of my young life, but when I went to college, I contemplated going back to my Chinese name.
Betty J. When she was initially elected to the position in , the district included Kaufman and Hunt counties. After two terms, the district was switched to Kaufman and Henderson counties as far east as Athens , Texas.
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