My weird middle name

For a few years now, my byline has been Karen K. Ho.

I included the initial for a simple reason: it helps distinguish me from the hundreds of other people in the world with the same name in a Google search. I often get questions about what the initial stands for. Most of the time, I either don’t tell people or I try to be smart and say the k is for “kick-ass”.

The truth is, the initial is just the part of my legal name I’m the most embarrassed to say out loud.