What’s in a name?

From the Chicago Sun-Times (link via my friend Fook King Steve):

Fuk King Kwok was waiting for his driver’s license to be printed when his name was called and a chuckling Illinois secretary of state employee offered some advice.

“She [said] this is a dangerous name,” the Chinese immigrant recalled. “She [said] the name translated is not so good, maybe I should change [it]. The word I hear is not so good.”

Mr. Kwok successfully changed his name to Andy. One wonders what hurdles he would have faced had he continued to go through life as Fuk King. Would he have been denied employment due to his name? (Can you imagine that name tag on your restaurant waiter?) Prosecuted for obscenity when he filled out a credit card application? Or would the fallout have been limited to snickers behind his back and inexplicable troubles finding a Friday night date?

I guess we’ll never find out. Welcome to a slightly more normal life, Andy.

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