The there is real pain and disappointment when a child's name is mispronounced, doubted, or changed. In the current issue of the National Association of Bilingual Education's practitioner journal, Perspectives, creating a welcoming culture of respect and honor in classrooms is discussed. The first example given is powerful (Vol. 40, Issue 1, p. 6): Y: "Hello, my name is Yee."
>: " Lee? Isn’t that a boy’s name?"
Y: "Yee, spelled Y-E-E."
>: "Is Yee your last name?"
Y: " Yee could be a last name, but it’s my first name."
Y: "Hello, my name is Yee."
>: " Is it Yee? Did I say your name correctly?"
Y: " Thank you for asking. It’s pronounced Yee."
>: " I have never heard that name before, does it have a specific meaning?"
Y: " Thank you for your interest. Yee means friendship in Mandarin Chinese."
This is an important topic and TWIN members should consider reading the article.
-Mary Bridget Burns