Manuel Munoz's Leave Your Name At The Border

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In Leave Your Name At The Border, Manuel Munoz writes about how the anglicization of his name has affected him. This is an example of ethnocentrism, defined by dictionary.com as “a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own”. In particular, this concerns how Manuel’s name is pronounced in english as if it were a guide, rather than with the name’s original pronunciation. This harms Manuel as well as other hispanic Americans. This form of oppression exists because native english speakers tend to interpret foreign words and names as if they were in english; in other words, english speakers apply an english pronunciation of letters to foreign words. This anglicization of foreign names is disrespectful and oppressive
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