Cultural Identity Through My Name(s)
She fumbled with a rhinestone button on her purple cardigan, and then brought the pen cap to her mouth before breaking the silence.
“Dongeun?” she said, waiting for a hand to shoot up in the air. I raised my arm halfway and said, quietly,
“You can just call me Jane,” I added loudly.
“That makes things a lot easier,” the substitute teacher muttered, marking a check next to my name.
Dongeun, pronounced Dong-Un, is the first name printed on my Louisiana birth certificate, my passport, and the school roll-call sheet. I've heard many variations of my name, including my favorite, Don-Joon, which makes me sound French.
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