It’s not that common when someone has a name that in one culture is entirely fine, but in another is completely hilarious. Sadly for Phuc Dat Bich – but I guess thankfully for us – Vietnamese names sometimes offer up some real gems when read by English speakers.
After having his Facebook account shut down three times, the 23-year-old Vietnamese-Australian posted a picture of his passport to Facebook to prove it was real, becoming a viral sensation in the process.
Here’s what he had to say on Facebook:
I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it.
I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?
Phuc Dat continued:
Having my fb shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name. Yours Sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich.
His post has received over 21,000 likes and was shared 65,000 times, with many calling for the Subaru loving Phuc Dat Bich to embrace how it sounds in Aussie English.
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Despite how we might read it, the name should actually be pronounced Phoop Dook Bic and is quite common in Vietnam.
Even so, his post on Facebook has garnered quite the reaction. Some have been sympathetic, whilst others have ridiculed. One person on Twitter even pledged to name their children after him.
A number have queried the safety of publicly sharing a passport on social media, and some have questioned the likelihood of identity theft when the identity in question is such a whopper like that of Phuc Dat Bich’s.
It happens though. Check out this Belgian public service video, where some Belgians steal a man’s identity and mess with his life purely to prove a point about identity theft. Grim.