Yes, that is my real name.

DSCF0480Hyosim Nancy Collins,
Beaverton, OR.

My middle name is Nancy. I was born in South Korea and arrived in the United States when I was 4 years old with my Korean family. Soon after we arrived in California, my father decided we should all have “American” names. When I became a Naturalized Citizen at the age of 18, I kept my “Korean” first name and made my adopted “American” middle name official during the naturalization process. People invariably ask if Nancy is my real name when I introduce myself or am introduced. I had and continue to notice that my friends who are of different “races” have not been/are asked the same question…


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