AAh Convening "What's In a Name?"
Updated: May 6, 2022
This program is produced by Chopsticks Alley Art. We are sharing it with you so you can bring it back to your community to help more Asian Artists.
If you'd like us to help you create your own session or create a session for you, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our names are a critical part of our identity given to us by our parents, grandparents, or family. They carry meaning and deep cultural, familial, and historical connections and understanding. Our name identifies the communities in which we belong.
Asians living in America often take on European-sounding names to avoid mispronunciations, misuse, or misgendering of our names. Though we accept these things will happen, it affects us deeply. When this happens, it impacts our sense of belonging. Our names could also cause difficult and awkward situations where we have to correct or shrug off the misuse or mispronunciation to avoid making others feel bad. We are taught not to make others feel bad. We do so at our expense.
Today you will reclaim your given or chosen name or identity.
Session Organizers - January 23, 2022
(From Left to Right)
Trami Cron, author and executive artistic director
Smita Garg, EdD, arts educator and holistic health
Lina Sath, artist and mental health expert
Eric Bui, visual artist
Lindsey Leong aka HELLA Famous, spoken word artist
Hang Huynh, Studio artist
What's In a Name Workshop Instructions
Handouts to Download
Mood Board Sample:
Photos from January 23, 2022 Session
(Photos of participants not shown to preserve their privacy)
Sponsor: This program is funded in part by the County of Santa Clara’s Division of Equity and Social Justice.
Community Partners: Peninsula Open Space Trust and Mekong Community Foundation