Behind the Name

Blog name: Pinay’Merican (formerly titled “Quite Nefarious”)
The inspiration for the blog title came from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, in which the main character Ifemelu writes a blog about her observations and thoughts, as a “non-American Black”, on American culture. This blog is the inverse of Ifemelu’s journey–an American-born Filipina writing about her observations and thoughts on American life and culture. “Pinay” is the feminized demonym of Pinoy, which refers to people of Filipino descent. More information on the blog can be found here.

Authorial name: A.M. Enaje (stylized, “amenaje”)
This is just my real name condensed into two initials and my surname. It also makes signing things easier.

Cyberspace name: The Nefarious Ellie (or “NefariousEllie”)
Before there were social media apps and handheld electronic devices, people communicated through desktop computers. Screen names were a major thing back then. As I was trying to come up with a clever name (without making my identity too obvious to guess), a song called “Nefi + Girly” by Asobi Seksu was stuck in my head for a while. So I decided to use NefiiGirly as my first screen name. It eventually transformed into NefariousEllie, after thinking about what “nefii” was short for. “Ellie” was a nickname that never became a thing.

[last updated 10/02/17]