How "Bich" Became “Beth” – An American Tale

How "Bich" Became “Beth” – An American Tale

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 21 March

What’s in a name? A lot. A listener's voicemail inspired us to explore the sometimes complicated relationship between our names and our racial and ethnic identities. Host Kai Wright is joined by novelist Beth Nguyen to discuss her personal journey when it comes to her name, and invites callers to share their own stories. Check out Beth’s article for The New Yorker: America Ruined My Name For Me

Companion listening for this episode:

Why So Many Are Stuck in the “Other” Box (2/21/2022)

The episode that motivated such listener reactions: The U.S. Census named “some other race” as the second-largest racial group in the U.S. Mona Chalabi talks us through the data, and the stakes, of that statistic.

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