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Last But First

Surnames matter when you’re an ethnic minority

Photo: TempCraft

The hallmark of my thirteenth year on earth was Sisqo’s Thong Song. Not for its lowbrow lyricism or its objectification of women — it was much more complex than that: the word thong rhymes with Kwong, which is my surname. Pre-pubescent teens may not know how to calculate Pi, but they sure know a couple of hilarious rhyming words when they hear them.

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Sarah Kwong

Sarah Kwong

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British-Chinese writer exploring culture, identity, wellness, language, and travel. Currently in the UK. Found at sarahkwong.net. Creator of being-zine.com