Using English name or Chinese name is a personal choice because there are no rules. Many Chinese student go with their English names mostly because it's easier for English speakers to pronounce, but there are also a lot of them use their original name in Chinese-spelling. However, as a matter of fact, many students are hesitate to speak on classes or make foreign friends because they are not used to being called a English name in a place where the name is "originally" belongs to (spelling, pronunciation, culture and language). Having the same name with another native students in a same class can be sort of embarrassing too. Some students therefore became quiet on classes and among friends, isolating themselves from the mainstream culture. More importantly, it is unacceptable for some people to dyisrespectly rip off others' name tag for the Chinese spelling, as they probably assume that most Chinese students are in general quiet and less active/protective on sensitive issue.
Aim: We want all the students who have been studying English for the past ten more years to stop being afraid or hesitate to use original name, and bravely share with your friends about your name, culture and life. Besides, there are much to be proud for being multicultural - understand, respect and is able to merge into different cultures, therefore, we encourage students with international background all join us to advocate and call upon respect to the awesome population.
Target Audience: Chinese international students, international students who have studying abroad experience, college communities including students, professors, faculties and social activists.
- Make a big blank board and put outside school libraries or school center, invite Chinese students (international students, and also people with international background if they have names in other language) to write down their Chinese name (and names in other language) and English name on the board.
- Take a photo with your name on the board, tweet/instagram/facebook/snapchat the photo with hashtag: #hereismyname #lovebig #multiculturalpride
- Take a video with your name on the board, tell us what does it mean, then tweet/instagram/facebook/snapchat the video with hashtag: #hereismyname #lovebig #multiculturalpride
- Visit our page Multicultural Pride and simply retweet/share/send anything you like to your friends on fb, snap, ins and tweeter.