by Ada Cheng
In this story, Ada Cheng explains the meanings of her Chinese name: Shu-Ju. She explains the connection between her name, her parents’ expectations for her as a daughter, and the cultural expectations for her as a daughter. She details why she chose to stay with the name Ada and what Ada means to her life and her identity.
- How do parents come up with names for their children in Taiwan? What do names represent?
- What does Ada’s original Taiwanese name tell you about gender norms in Taiwan?
- Why is changing her name important to Ada, her identity and her life?
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