Hello! This is Podcast Episode # 007! Where we share the behind the scenes look at our journey.
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Denise and Henry discuss the significance of one’s name, how it connects with identity and the people around them.
We share a clip of an interview with Gerardo Lopez, a gang violence prevention advocate who recalls his struggle with people mispronouncing his name and how he used to long for a name that was easy to pronounce like Zach or Slater.
Next, we share Jenny Anna Santos’ story, who recalls her grandmother pronouncing her name with a soft ‘J’, her birth certificate showing her name spelled in a more ‘American’ way, and struggling with how other’s pronounce latino names and how this can directly connect with how one connects with their own culture.
Denise and Henry continue to discuss how the appreciation for the Spanish language has expanded over the decades and pronouncing Spanish names is moving slowly in that direction.
This week, Project ñ spoke at the Denver Inner City Perish. While there, we asked the students to discuss their names with a partner and record the conversation. If you feel inspired, tell us the story of your name with:
The Project ñ Name Exercise
Answer the following questions and audio or video record using your smart phone. Email us the clip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is your full name?
- What is the story behind your name?
- What do you like to be called?
- What does your mother call you?
- How do people pronounce your name?
- How do you feel when people don’t pronounce your name correctly?
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Do you know an ñ with an amazing story? Tweet at us! Use #soyñ AND #beingñ so we can connect with you! Or join our private Facebook group and connect with other ñs or share your story!
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Thanks for listening!