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It’s Time to Pronounce Asian Names Correctly

I wrote ‘The Many Meanings of Meilan’ to explore the feeling of otherness when someone renames you without your consent

Image courtesy of Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Confession: I have never liked my Chinese name. My father transliterated it from the Chinese 郁如 to Yu-Ju. But whenever anyone tries to say it, they always pronounce it “yoo-joo.” In…




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Andrea Y Wang

Andrea Y Wang

Author of “The Many Meanings of Meilan” (Kokila, 2021), “Watercress” (Neal Porter, 2021), “Magic Ramen” (little bee, 2019), & “The Nian Monster” (Whitman, 2016)

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