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.
This week's Name Project interview was the first of four that I shot this summer in SE Asia. While staying at the Tribee Hostel in Hoi An, Vietnam I encountered a woman whose outgoing and at times quirky personality, quickly drew me into her. I later discovered that she alongside her cousin run the hip accommodation together, never hesitating to do handy work and fix things on their own. It was very inspiring to see women working this way and refreshing to say the least. Thoung tells the story of how she got the name Pauline while studying in France. But more interesting perhaps is the myth or belief behind her birth name Thoung. Thoung was born on a full moon day where according to a Vietnamese legend, a girl who is born on this day will be selfish and cruel to others. Striving to be a "contradiction" to what the legend says about her name Thoung's name story is one of environment, cultural beliefs and aspiration.
We all have a name that subsequently has a story. Here is Thoung's name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co