Texas rep apologies for remarks on Asian names
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#1 Apr 11, 2009
Hmmm... My own surname is an anglicized mis-pronunciation of an Austrian-German name, but not so bad as to be unintelligible. Thinking back to my school days, I can recall several Italian and German or Polish names that had been anglicized. Indeed, the students (and their parents) had intentionally not been taught any language other than English, until of high school age. Very few were dual citizens.
I am talking about white European types, here. There's also the problem of "slave names" for blacks, but that was a more radical departure.
When I attended university in Canada, one student had the last name of Ng. It was pronounced the way you see it spelled here, like "Ing" without the letter I. Even students from other parts of China thought it sounded funny to them, so they called him N.G.(en-gee).
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