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hi everyone, my name is Ash Mayfair but I am a brown montagnard Vietnamese who changed my name.  Filipinization is just so sad.


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https://womenandhollywood.com/tiff-2018-women-directors-meet-ash-mayfair-the-third-wife/

AM: At the age of four, I remember making a puppet theater out of an old carton of noodle packets on the sidewalk outside my house. It was summer and the kids would fill the small alleys in Ho Chi Minh city with their games and laughter. I was making up stories as I crafted tiny paper people that filled the cardboard stage with their drama and adventures. I remember at some point looking up and realizing that suddenly, I had a small audience of all the neighboring children. I kept going, just a little more loudly, sharing tales of heroism and intrigue. My makeshift cardboard theater and the troupe of paper actors did not survive the years, but I will never forget the light in the eyes of the kids on my street.

Storytelling is embedded in my blood. If I was not a filmmaker, I would find some other way to express the desire to create narratives. I left Vietnam at 13 to study overseas, and have lived in so many countries since then. Cinema has given me a satisfying way to reach beyond cultural barriers.

At the heart of it for me, being a filmmaker came from a desire to connect and understand. Working on “The Third Wife,” the desire for this film to become something that may inspire others to share their own experiences also surfaced. Being able to make this film is a privilege. I hope that this is the first of many stories about the complex beauty of humanity that I will get to tell.

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She’s one of them Vietcong kids who has no pride and sense of self.

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Probably just a pen name like 'Mark Twain' and 'William Shakespeare'.  Could be the names of her idols growing up with literature.

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How about me Mu or something irreverent Vietnamese style?

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I can see more Vietnamese dropping their sinitic names for more democratic sounding names, like Christopher Freeman or Andrew Liberty.  I mean if your name is Huynh Ho, it conjures thoughts of Huawei espionage and Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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I've heard of someone named Boon Tran.  What the hell's name is Boon?  We keep calling him thằng Boon thằng Boon.  I think his real name is Hùng but we don't wanna call him Hùng.  We want to call him thằng Boon.

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I've heard of someone named Boon Tran.  What the hell's name is Boon?  We keep calling him thằng Boon thằng Boon.  I think his real name is Hùng but we don't wanna call him Hùng.  We want to call him thằng Boon.

Oh now we become Cambodian.

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I thought Boon is Thai.

 
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