chapter  20
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Changing Identities in Japanese–English Bicultural Names: From Parents to Children

I’m married to Miyuki. Miyuki changed her name to Miki in the UK for the sake of easier pronunciation. Miki’s family belongs to a tiny historical minority in Japan: Japanese Catholics from Nagasaki. As a child in post-war Nagasaki, people would throw stones at Miki’s mother as she walked in the street, shouting ‘gaijin!’ (foreigner!). She looked foreign. Her grandchildren also look foreign. In the UK they look Asian, and in Japan they look Western.