What's in a name?
Jones Tamanaha has an interesting post about our database-driven society. The core of it is that English is bad at recording some names. The solution? Force people to change their official names for the convenience of the database:
During public hearings on the voter identification legislation in the House, state Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell, suggested that Asian-Americans might want to adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with” when they want to vote so their names will match what is on registration rolls.
Brown made her statements during testimony from Ramey Ko, representing the Organization of Chinese Americans….
“… do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?”
Quotes from “Lawmaker suggests Asian-descendant voters should adopt names easier for Americans to deal with’,” Houston Chronicle Texas Politics blog.
Of course, this is nothing new. Once
Or read Brian’s “Any Suggestions for My New User-Friendly Name?”