I promised something new and different today, and here it is: Today I have a guest post over at From Two To One.
I found Danielle at From Two To One and noticed a series of articles called "The Last Name Project". This is a series in which women write about why the decided to keep, change, or hyphenate their last names upon marriage. I found my self spending hours reading all of these women's stories and thinking over my own decision.
Changing your name is a very personal choice. While for my mom's generation in English Canada, it was expected that a woman would change her name, this is not so for my generation, and certainly not for women in other parts of the world. In my own family, one of sister-in-law hyphenated her name, while the other is using her maiden name professionally, and my step-sister has taken her husband's name. I didn't really feel any pressure to take Gil's name, but I decided to do it anyway. I knowingly did this realizing it will mean some confusion meeting people who know me by name first, who will in all likelihood assume I am Chinese. (For any new readers: I'm not. I am a mix of Belgian and English-Canadian.) You can find my post about my decision to change my name here.