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English names for Asians
Posted 1/15/09
Some Asians english names are weird... like Bertilia? Thats not a name. Its good so english speaking people will have an easier time remembering your name. Con, its a betrayal of heritage... i guess
Posted 1/15/09
Pros: If it's a first-time read, first-served, it fools people and treated you differently/nicely. But, the second time exposure, not so much.

Cons: You better be a good-looking one when you got the name "Cinderella." Last year, I had a colleague who had that name. We're in the same race. She just came over to my class for a new semester. At first, the class and I were like, "are u kidding me? Is that a joke? Are u serious that's not a nickname? Is that so coneceited? Nande? Nande? Nande? Why? xD"
My black colleagues, of course, made fun of her name behind the scenes. Unfortunately, I was just laughing too. I don't hear "Cinderella" as a person's real name everyday, duh.
Well, she's not a good-looking one, in my own classy taste. But, she had a bf though.
Anyway, times moved on, her name was no longer laughable. It just became any other name, basically. We even called her "Cindy." She was a student like everybody else who came to school to study and get a job. She wasn't a weirdo or anything in contrast against her name.
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Posted 1/15/09
why does it matter who get what name?!
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Posted 1/15/09 , edited 1/15/09
Doesn't matter. If an Asian person has an English name such as Nancy, Tiffany, Bob, whatever.. it's pretty much normal. But if your last name is also English (and you're a full Asian) ex: Williams, Brown, Harrison... others are pretty much like, where the heck did you come from?

I'm lucky :] I'm Vietnamese and my name is Vietnamese AND English :]... also works as a Filipino name too.. dunno how that works.
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Posted 1/15/09

Lithvana wrote:


cjay_weeps wrote:

I don't think it's a betrayal of one's culture at all. My chinese friends have chinese names and english names. If they are in China, they are called by their chinese name.


And if your friends only have an English name and no Chinese, what do you think of that?


I think that's their choice, and doesn't mean that they have abandoned their culture and traditions.

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Posted 1/15/09
Nothing is wrong with it. Its werid though if you have an asian name and you're not asian. It's just the way it is. You can probably say english names, like its language, are 'international' so no one says anything about it. But names from specific cultures for specific cultures is just that.
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Posted 1/17/09
I have an english name... actually it's from the Latin language but whatever.
I think english names are better (for Canada and US xD) 'cause non-asians & CBCs need to be able to say your name.
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Posted 1/17/09
Seems fine to me, depends what your familys like...

If its an english name you really like..
why not use it?
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Posted 1/17/09
I got two english name and one chinese name.
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Posted 1/17/09
anne, jennifer (jenna), well the common white girl names
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Posted 1/17/09
my name isnt in any language so its hard for EVERYONE
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Posted 1/17/09
haha i have to both and english
name and asian name
but having an english name
in a english speaking country
is somewhat better for native
english speakers
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Posted 1/17/09
I dun think it matterz yo
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Posted 1/17/09
Dude, I have two Asian friends, and they both have English names. It's no issue.
When they visit their families' countries, they're still called by the same name.
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Posted 1/17/09
It's convienient to have both chinese n english name =)
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