The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
In this week's Name Project, Cambodian American, Pechseda Nak talks about growing up with a name that is difficult for most to pronounce. Unlike many of her Asian American peers, she chose to simplify her own name, without totally abandoning it, allowing her friends to call her Seda. She chose cultural pride and her father's legacy over pleasing others. "It [name] does have a big influence on me. Now at 29, I find being a Cambodian American more important and significant to me than ever. It's not about already knowing who I am, but it's the desire to want to know more."
We all have a name that subsequently has a story. Here is Pechseda's name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.c