by Jason Kim
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Alice Walker
In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use,” a daughter comes home for a family visit with a new understanding of her heritage.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Everyday Use” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore a person’s cultural identity. How does a person’s understanding of their identity change throughout their life? How do the two texts explore the importance of names in relation to one’s identity?
- Naomi Shihab Nye
In Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Gate A-4,” a speaker offers comfort to a distressed woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Gate A-4” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore differences. Which characteristics are Jason Kim and the speaker in “Gate A-4” hesitant to draw attention to and why? How do Kim and the speaker from the poem eventually find or form communities that support them?
- Amy Tan
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.Pair “Fish Cheeks” with “Hello, My Name Is ______” and ask students to discuss how the themes of identity and self-acceptance are explored in the two texts. Why do Tan and Kim initially reject aspects of their cultural identities? What are they attempting to achieve by doing this?
- Julia Alvarez
In Julia Alvarez’s short story “Names/Nombres,” the author explores the various names she has received over the years.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Names/Nombres” and ask students to discuss the significance of names in the two texts. How were the narrators influenced by the experience of people mispronouncing their names? How does this affect the overall tone of the two texts?
Learning How To Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary
- Eric Deggans
In “Learning How To Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary,” Eric Deggans discusses how cultural identity shapes the communication style a person uses.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Learning How To Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore cultural experiences and identity. How did Jason Kim and Eric Deggans’ experiences embracing their cultural identities differ? How can America’s culture be damaging to certain cultural identities?
Behind Closed Doors: 'Colorism' in the Caribbean
- Michel Martin
In the interview “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism’ in the Caribbean,” Michel Martin discusses colorism in the Dominican Republic with Frances Robles.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism’ in the Caribbean” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore self-perception. What do both texts say about how people of color are pressured to conform? What suggestions do both texts make for addressing discrimination?
In My Mom's Shoes
- Kat Chow
Kat Chow’s “In My Mom’s Shoes,” reflects on Chow losing her mother and the experience of walking in an old pair of her shoes.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “In My Mom’s Shoes” to provide students with two memoirs about the experiences of young Asian Americans. Ask students to compare how both Jason Kim and Kat Chow describe the impact of cultural differences on their youth and young adulthood.
- J. Patrick Lewis
In “The Journalist,” a Chinese American journalist discusses how she uses her platform to address injustices in America.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “The Journalist” to provide students with a personal account of the Asian American experience from an Asian American writer. Ask students to analyze the theme of otherness and inequality in each text. What are the similarities and differences between Jason Kim’s personal experience and Lewis’s poem?
Daughter of Invention
- Julia Alvarez
In Julia Alvarez’s short story “Daughter of Invention,” a girl struggles to prepare and present a speech in front of her school.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Daughter of Invention” and ask students to discuss how the narrator in “Daughter of Invention” and Jason Kim struggle to fit in. What obstacles do they encounter when they move to America? How do they both attempt to fit in?
The Unspoken History Behind a Surname
- Lolly Bowean
In the essay “The Unspoken History Behind a Surname,” Lolly Bowean discusses the origins of her surname and the roots of African American surnames in slavery.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “The Unspoken History Behind a Surname” and ask students to discuss the importance of names in the two texts. How does Jason Kim’s reason for changing his name compare to Lolly Bowean’s reason for keeping her name? How do both texts explore the connection between one’s name and identity?
- Shauna Singh Baldwin
In Shauna Singh Baldwin’s short story “Montreal 1962,” a woman who has recently moved to Canada with her husband describes washing his turbans.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Montreal 1962” to provide students with a memoir about a boy’s experiences coming from Korea to America. Ask students to discuss how both texts show how immigrating to a new country can challenge your identity. How did Kim change himself in an attempt to assimilate into America? How is the narrator’s husband in “Montreal 1962” encouraged to change himself in Canada?
- Francisco Jiménez
In “Inside Out,” a young boy describes his first experience as a Spanish-speaking student in an American school.Pair “Hello, My Name Is ______” with “Inside Out” to provide students with another example of an immigrant student’s first experience in an English-speaking school. How does each narrator view the new events and routines at his new school? What causes each of them to feel left out? How does each narrator react to feelings of loneliness? What do each change about himself in order to feel a sense of belonging? Do you think it is right for someone to change their values and interests as a way to fit in? Why? Do you think it is more important to fit in or more important to be yourself? Why?
- Judith Ortiz Cofer
In “Volar,” Judith Ortiz Cofer recalls a childhood dream about becoming Supergirl and flying.Pair “Hello, My Name Is______” with “Volar” and ask students to compare the two essays. What challenges do the authors share, if any? How does each narrator view themself and their identity? Is it possible to change your identity?