His Brother’s Name Is Totally Portland State

YaleFan.jpg

The somewhat regrettably named high school student Yale Fan will not actually be attending Yale. This might not be such a big deal if he were matriculating at, say, Berkeley or Swarthmore. But no, he’s going to Harvard. According to a piece in Ivy Gate:

For Yale Fan, 18, it’s just his name. And, of course, he’s headed to college. With all the eighteen years of his name as a backdrop, you could easily guess – and bow in wrongful shame. Yale Fan is going to Harvard – which translates to Yale Fan will hear boos at roll call, at cold breakfasts, at football games. One sip of Ciroc (read: Popov with its label swapped) too many and Yale will find himself in a raw match of geek fisticuffs, crimson-nosed in the Harvard gauntlet.

Technically Fan’s name isn’t really Yale. As an article in the Harvard Crimson explained:

“Yale” was just phonetically close to his Chinese name, “Ye”—which is part of “shiye,” meaning “undertaking.” His parents decided that two letters was just too short for a name, so they added “al” in the middle and made “Yale.”

I suppose, though surely his parents much have known. It’s not like they live in China. His family is from Beaverton, Oregon. [Image via]

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer