The phonetic pronunciation of my first name is quite simple. “Jung” like “jungle” | “mi” like “me” | “wha” like “wah” = Jungmiwha.
In Korean, “Jung” means rose or flower, and “miwha” means pretty or beautiful. Together it means “beautiful rose”.
My name originated from a fairytale my Korean grandmother created and used to tell my mother when she was a little girl. Korean names are usually two (2) syllables, but my mother decided to put all three (3) together to give me a unique name. One day, my mother and I will write the storybook in honor of my grandmother.
I am always grateful that my parents gave me a one of a kind first and last name that reflects pride in both of my heritages — African American and Korean.
My beautiful heritages are undoubtedly what inspired me to write and publish my first children’s book,
It is the first quintilingual children’s book on the market written in 5 languages in one book — English, French, Spanish, Korean, and Afrikaans.
Illustrated by Christopher Matthews
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