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I conducted a bunch of interviews as a part of my research and had a chance to film some of them. What follows is a series of informal semi-structured interviews with my colleagues and friends.
I conducted a super informal interview with my colleague Tim, who works as a Cultural Assistant at the English Language Institute (ELI). Tim was born in China, but his family moved to Canada when he was 8 and he’s been here since. Here are some of his thoughts on this topic. (p.s- I apologise for all the disturbance and background noise, we were at the institute when the video was shot and there were a lot of people around. sorry!)
My colleague Stella, who featured in the previous video for a split second, also had some really interesting things to say on this topic. Stella is a Geography major at UBC and also works as a Cultural Assistant at ELI. Stella was born in Canada but grew up in Hong Kong and has both Mandarin and Cantonese versions of her name. Here’s her story:
I interviewed my colleague Vicky Chen, who’s an English Literature major at UBC and also a Cultural Assistant at the English Language Institute (ELI). Vicky has Chinese roots but was born and brought up in Canada. Here’s a short interview on what she has to say about this topic. As always, comments are welcome!
This is an interview with my roommate Yiqiu Wang, an arts student at UBC. Yiqiu is from Shanghai and is the only Chinese person I know who doesn’t have or use an English name. I was curious to find out her side of the story.
The Following videos belong to the “Say My Name” series about Chinese students at Columbia University fighting racism and reclaiming their traditional names. Do give them a watch!