|Andy Warhol, "Flowers", 1970.|
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Hello there! My name is Angélica Becerra (pronounced "Un-hell-li-kuh") and I am a PhD student at UCLA in the Chicana and Chicano Studies program. Interesting backstory? I used to not be so particular about how my name was pronounced, often assuming a passiveness and letting others call me Angie or Angel and what not. But as I became much more politicized and empowered, I realized that my name (and the way it was pronounced) was a method of hiding whom I really was and of course of colonization. My name with its "foreignness" was part of not just me but signified where I came from. In short, I love it when others pronounce my name correctly, it reminds me of how my abuelita and tias pronounce it, it reminds me of home.