September 2, 2008

When Languages Collide

Just saw this post on 8 Asians, which says, "9/5 SF: Bay Area Korean Americans (BAKA) is hosting its 5th Annual Wine Tasting Event!"

I don't know if the Korean Americans know it, but "Baka" means "stupid" in Japanese. Did they choose the name not knowing? Or maybe it was done on purpose just to draw attention from the high numbers of Japanese Americans in the Bay area? If they chose the name intentionally, I can't help but think they could've chosen better, especially since most people wouldn't want to waste their time on an organization whose name means "dumb."

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