Proposal Title

"Nickname" Identity: Stories Behind a Name

Affiliation

University of South Florida

Department or Program

Technology in Education/Second Language Acquisition

Start Date

15-4-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

15-4-2017 12:00 PM

Presentation Keywords/Areas

Identity and Self-Inquiry

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Arts-Based Methodologies

Abstract

You cannot transcend what you do not know.

To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself first.

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Do you have a nickname? What is special about your nickname? You don’t have a nickname? Why do you NOT have a nickname? Those inquiries and my own story have intrigued me to conduct a qualitative study on how international students perceive the way they have got their nicknames, or their own nickname identity. I interviewed five students who are from China and Vietnam; each of them shared their own unique beautiful stories about their names. These stories were visualized in my way and turned into a thematic lived story drawing collection. Despite the significance of knowing oneself’s identity through a name, there is not much research on the topic. My art-based presentation, therefore, hopefully will walk the audience through a journey of understanding the others’ identity, exploring what underline behind a name, as well as finding your true-own-self.

Presentation Type and Comments

20-minute paper presentation

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"Nickname" Identity: Stories Behind a Name

You cannot transcend what you do not know.

To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself first.

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Do you have a nickname? What is special about your nickname? You don’t have a nickname? Why do you NOT have a nickname? Those inquiries and my own story have intrigued me to conduct a qualitative study on how international students perceive the way they have got their nicknames, or their own nickname identity. I interviewed five students who are from China and Vietnam; each of them shared their own unique beautiful stories about their names. These stories were visualized in my way and turned into a thematic lived story drawing collection. Despite the significance of knowing oneself’s identity through a name, there is not much research on the topic. My art-based presentation, therefore, hopefully will walk the audience through a journey of understanding the others’ identity, exploring what underline behind a name, as well as finding your true-own-self.