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  • What does your Asian name mean?

  • My Japanese name, Takeo.

  • Uh, that's my Korean name, Jung Woo-Kyung

  • Jae-Hyun

  • It's pronounced, Lin, Wei.

  • Hung, yi-yun.

  • Here's my last name, Kang. First name is Shin Hyung.

  • The two together mean "bright presents".

  • "Take" means "warrior", and "o" is like a suffix, that sort of denotes "dude",

  • so it means "warrior dude".

  • "Kyung" means "a friend from the city".

  • "Shin" means "trust".

  • I was born in the city, I guess. So I am literally a friend from the city.

  • This is two wood characters put together.

  • It basically has like, the meaning of a forest.

  • This first character stands for steadfastness and perseverance.

  • And then this second character is the second half of the word "music".

  • My dad faced all this racism after being in a concentration camp,

  • There's a lot of strength and a lot of fight in my blood.

  • One thing I do know for sure is that my grandmother gave me this name,

  • so I can become a someone who can be trustworthy.

  • My older sister and I have the same first character,

  • but her's is the other half of music.

  • Which is pretty cool, cause my sister and I actually turned out to be fairly musical people.

  • The number of strokes signifies the elemental properties of your name.

  • My name had a lot of like, water element to it.

  • She needed to use fire to balance it out.

  • I think that most of them I get it from my mom,

  • because she's a single lady, because my dad passed away when I was really young.

  • She literally raised me and my older brother by herself.

  • The meaning "bright being", that's what my parents were hoping I'd become,

  • and it's exactly what I grew into.

  • I'm glad that I have a Japanese name,

  • and I think every time I write my name, it's a reminder of all that strength.

  • For a long time, I kinda like to pretend that I didn't have a Chinese name, and that I just never had a middle name.

  • This is a part of my identity.

  • This is part of who I am.

  • And it's been with me since birth.

  • I'm Rachel, and I'm a Korean American.

  • I'm Nicki, and I'm Singaporean Chinese American.

  • I'm Maggie and I'm Korean American.

  • I'm Chris and I'm Taiwanese Cantonese American.

  • I'm Evan, and I'm Korean American.

  • My name is Sean, and I'm a Japanese American.

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  • I was almost named Philip.

What does your Asian name mean?

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What Does Your Asian Name Mean?

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    Colleen Jao posted on 2017/01/24
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