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Reclaim Your Name


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Reclaim Your Name Dictionary
June To Sept 2022
Elimin8 Hate

Challenge & Goal Adopting an anglicized name is a common practice for Asian-Canadians. Instead of making things easier for them, emotional wellbeing suffers, often accompanied by a loss of identity. Seeing a red underline marking your name as a typo is one example of softwares we use saying: If you’re Asian, you don’t belong. It was Elimin8Hate’s time to step in and show action and support for Asian-Canadians by normalizing their names, one dictionary at a time.

Insight & Strategy Since COVID-19, Asian hate has skyrocketed, yet it flies under the radar. Name changing isn’t questioned, and the microaggression it symbolizes isn’t on our radar. When names are changed, we prioritize linguistic comfort over the identity of the person making the change. So, we started with the simple - by building a custom dictionary with Microsoft. This strategy made the action of seeing Asian names without a red underline something real and tangible - making sure Asian-Canadians knew they belonged.

Elimin8 Hate

Execution In partnership with Elimin8Hate, Citizen created a campaign to combat discrimination and empower Asian-Canadians to reclaim their names. We developed the first custom dictionary of Asian names - a free .dic file in Microsoft Word containing over 8,000 unique monikers from over a dozen countries. We interviewed several Asian-Canadians who experienced name discrimination and recorded their reactions to seeing the red underline disappear from their name. The campaign was amplified through YouTube pre-roll ads, OOH ads and strategic media relations.

Results & Impact


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website impressions for secured


dictionary download rate

Top Placements

in Breakfast Television, CBC Radio One, City News, Black Press Media, The Jas Johal Show & Global News


syndications across British Columbia

Social media support

from Hiro Kanagawa, Tiana Shern, Mijune Pak & more


media interviews secured


of coverage was positive in tone


has caught wind of the campaign and is exploring opportunities to implement it

Awards & Accolades

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