Asian American Names are "too hard to deal with" Says Rep. Brown
Texas lawmaker Betty Brown has come under fire this week for implying that Asian-Americans need to pick new American names "to make it easier for Americans to deal with."
In a session on Tuesday, while discussing the voter ID bill with Chinese-American lawyer Ramey Ko, of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Republican Betty Brown said, "Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese - I understand it's a rather difficult language - do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?"
She later told Ko, "Can't you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if your could adopt a name just for identification purposes that's easier for Americans to deal with?"
God forbid that Americans learn someone's name. No, if your name is too ethnic, then it's your responsibility to make it simpler, i.e. less Asian. What is particularly ignorant here is that the whole point of the confusion that Ko alluded to is that Chinese and other oriental immigrants often do adopt english names in public to make things easier
Brown seems to think that Ko and his "citizens" should see things her way, later saying, "I see a need here for young people like you, who are obviously very bright, to come up with something that would work for you and then let us see if we can't make it work for us." For those of you who don't speak Bigot, I'll decipher that for you (I live in Texas -- I've had ample time to study the language). In this instance, "like you" is loosely translated "minorities." And "us" is loosely translated to "the Republican party that is trying to disenfranchise voters."
What do you think? Wouldn't this affect more than Asian-Americans? I can certainly see that parts of America have a long way yet to go, to reach racial equality.
See also Asian American Democrats of Texas.
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