University of Pennsylvania
You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit page 217.
about how silly things can be so profound.
Today, there's another substitute in English class. He's a tall, balding, middle-aged man, who is yet to be another one of my victims. Once the tardy bell rings, he begins calling roll.
"Rachel Baker... Stephanie Carson... Uh, Di-Din--"
Here we go again.
You see, it's my name -- Dingyun. Dingyun Chan. My name plagues my whole existence. It labels me unmistakably as an Asian and singles me out wherever I go. My name alone creates a world of stuttering substitutes. It is an automatic, never-ending generator of ridicule and nicknames: Ding Dong, Dig-a-noo, and Dingyay, just to name a few. My name is universal -- it can be pronounced in absolutely every way that you please.
It all started in middle school when I found myself constantly dreading a teacher's absence. My stomach would twist and churn when the substitute began calling roll. I would flare up with a hundred and ten degree fever. Large beads of sweat would gush from my forehead. The back of my head would burn from the silent stares of my classmates.
What new pronunciation would I discover today?
My face flushed into a seasoned grapefruit.
An explosion of snickers and...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1495 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10473 literature essays, 2644 sample college application essays, 555 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in