In response to a series of xenophobic incidents at Columbia University, where East Asian name tags were ripped off in multiple residence halls, Chinese International students share the story of their names by creating a short video.

Hai Ge – Well it means blessing from my parents. Like, they want my sister and I to be happy. They are full of blessings, you know. It’s a kind of blessing for my sister and me.
Liu Zewen – To cultivate knowledge. (They) hope that I can one day, you know, be able to thrive academically, and be able to contribute something to the intellectual world. It’s something that I inherited from my grandparents.
Feng Jiachen – The last word means “the brightest star in the night sky”. So that when my parents are far away from home, they look up to the sky, and they can see me – the brightest star
Zheng Juzhi – “To turn into a better person” Because my name is part of my culture which I take really seriously.
Liu Xinran – My Name is joy and happiness in Chinese. It’s like no matter what I do, they just want me to be happy and that’s all.
Yan Huhe – It literally mean “to preach harmony”. It’s also the first two characters of the city that I come from. I guess it’s important because my parent have, like, great hopes for my future. Like, you know, to make the world a better place. It also reminds me of where my roots is. To never forget where I come from.
Xu Guohao – It means “heroine”. And my parents took it from the story of Mulan. I think my parents took this name as a protest to say that I can be just as great as a guy. To break the glass ceiling for girls and fight just like how people would expect guys to fight and they don’t want me to submit to some cultural values on girls.
Jin Jiwen – In Chinese, it means “to continue the cultural legacy of my family”. First, it contains my parents’ wish for me and also, I think, it shows how much my parents care about the family culture.
Pu Ai – My name is connected with the history of the Dragon Boat Festival. ANd it’s to commemorate this poet, Qu Yuan who gave up his life for his country. All these deliberations, all these memories, all this history

The video is titled “Say My Name”. It’s gone viral, short to reaching 300k views in facebook as of this moment. Watch it here:

Mashable contacted Huhe Yan, an undergraduate student who produced the video. According to the interview Huhe Yan said“The video is a way to challenge the stereotypes about the Asian community and especially Chinese students — that they are silent and take punches without complaints.”
“No, we might have good tempers and tend to avoid conflicts, but we do have an attitude and voices to be heard.”
Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance released a statement condemning the incidents as a “racist and unacceptable attempt” to alienate the Asian community, and calling for a “rejection of acts of bigotry and intimidation.”

Over 250 people have signed the statement in solidarity.

It’s great to learn the story behind each name. Racism has no place in our society.

H/T: Mashable

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