Why I Changed My Name: Stories From 4 Women

When you are an immigrant, it influences every part of your identity, whether you like it or not.

Sometimes, you just want to be like everyone else.

Take your name, for example. It’s foreign. It’s hard to spell, hard to pronounce, and people aren’t willing to even try.

So you change it. Whether it’s shortening it, westernizing it, or being given a nickname, it’s comfortingly similar to everyone else.

4 Asian women have shared stories about coming to terms with their given names. Some changed it. Some were ashamed of it. But they have all learned to embrace it, and embrace their culture. And so can you.

Read Dorothy Wang’s story about her embracing her name here

Read Shaheda Begum’s story about reclaiming her culture and name here

Read Sai Gayathri Kurup’s story about how a nickname went too far here

And finally, read Sherab Dhasel’s story about her name’s significance here

Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.

Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.

We have grown since then, putting out bimonthly issues (we are contributor powered: apply to write for our next one!), and weekly reviews of culture, and news that is important to us.

You can find announcements, more news, and get to know our staff on social media: give us a follow, and learn how you can get involved today!

We do not claim to speak for all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. We are just here to give them a place to speak for themselves.

We hope you’ll join us.

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