• Steve Holt

    Senior Editor/Writer Twitter Profile

    Photo of Steve Holt, a white man with very short hair and a gingery beard. He has blue eyes, smiles, and wears a blue button down shirt.

    Steve Holt is a senior editor and writer responsible for print alumni magazines at the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, School of Theology, and the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He came to BU in 2022 from Appalachian Mountain Club, where he was a senior editor at the nonprofit’s award-winning member magazine. For more than a decade before that, Steve built a prolific freelance journalism career, collecting bylines in numerous print and online publications, such as The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Civil Eats, Business Insider, and Bloomberg CityLab. His Edible Boston story about sustainable hamburgers in Boston was selected for inclusion in the Best Food Writing 2011 anthology. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in theology from Abilene Christian University. Profile

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    Bill Politis is a documentary filmmaker based in Boston. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Her Name Is Qiongyue. You Can Call Her “Joanna”

  1. My grandmother came from Italy to the US about 1898. Her given first name was Giovanna, but she found it easier to use Joanna and its diminutive Jennie. I think Qiongyue Zhang made an excellent choice.

  2. Since coming to BU I’ve been fascinated by the selection of English names, and now understand a little more about the origin. What an unfortunate statement about Americans that we have a reputation for not being able to learn to pronounce names from other languages.
    Perhaps BU could publish a primer on phonetic clues for pronunciations of the most common languages on campus. Lifelong learning!

  3. Thank you for this poignant story, one that intersects with my research in which I employ Milton Bennett’s (1986, 2013) framework on intercultural sensitivity. The situation of names, naming, and the pronunciation of names is exceedingly complex. My Vietnamese name, Vũ Tiến Kính, is one that I had to take back and learn how to say when I was 35 years old, because it had been taken from me when I was adopted in 1975 during Operation Babylift. This BU Today story reminds me of the joy I feel for having reclaimed my name and the significant challenge of saying my name.

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