A Tejano friend shared this story with me in response to a blog I posted some months ago.
CH: “Hello, my name is Candelario Huerta.”
New Person (NP): “Oh, I don’t speak Spanish.”
CH: “That’s OK, I’m just telling you my name.”
NP: “Can I call you something else?”
So many of you have shared your name stories with me, and it's been a privilege to hear them. Some stories are finding their way into my performances, and others will be in a companion book to my one-woman show, Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? I'll be using them with your permission, of course. Candelario's story is in my new mini-show, Your Name is WHAT? Gracias, compañero.
A Brown And A White Mexican Take The Stage!
A proud and righteous Chicana and a White Mexican get you to thinking..."what makes us who we are?"
Theresa Donahoe's "Confessions of a White Mexican" and my piece,"Your Name is WHAT?" provide insights into the assumptions we make about others based on our perceptions of who they are and where they fit into society's pecking order.
You'll CRINGE and LAUGH and leave a tad bit more enlightened and informed.
I’ll be presenting this new material at the Marsh Madness Festival in San Francisco Saturday, March 10 at 1 pm (yes that’s 1 pm!) If you live in the SF Bay Area come on out and support Theresa and me. Gracias!!
Buy your tickets $10 at the door or you can also get them on-line $12 (service fees and guarantees against a sell-out crowd. We should be so lucky)
Please keep those name stories coming. And remember, you don't have to be Latinx, African American, Asian . . . or from any particular group to have an interesting name story.