Changing My Name to Reflect My Ethnicity
[Editor's Note: Deciding whether or not to change your name after marriage is a complicated decision for any woman. But there are more factors to consider for people in mixed marriages, or in the public eye -- or both. And what if you've already changed your name, and now want to change it back? As a woman in an interracial marriage, I can completely relate. Comedian (and BlogHer!) Mona Conception's brand identity includes her Chamorro heritage. Mona blogs at kirida dot com about how she's reclaiming her family name onstage. Read this excerpt and tell us how you've navigated similar circumstances. --Grace]
It’s weird to call it my stage name. It’s my name. I didn’t lose it. I was Ramona Concepcion legally for 23 years, and using Mona Concepcion as frequently as I have in the past six months has energized me and awakened parts of my personality that I have kept shelved far too long.
As a comedian, I want to be identified as a Chamorro, a comedian from Saipan and the only female Chamorro comedian on this planet. Comedy is still my bailiwick, the work and rewards are all mine. It’s not community property, even though my husband stays at home so I can go out and tell a room full of strangers some jokes. I am always grateful for this but I have to make clear to the men in my life: I am the comedian here.