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How Chinese People Got Their English Names

Year: 2016

This is a project inspired by a family event. My brother picked a family nickname, Jeremy, from the crew list of the movie Furious Seven for his newborn son. My mother, who does not speak English at all, tried her best to pronounce the nickname but could only make a sound close to “chieh-le-mieh.” Getting an English name seems a fun trend for those who have always lived in China, like my brother, yet it's a necessity for those who live abroad. I became very curious about what all my Chinese friends were thinking about when they chose their English names. Were they picturing themselves as movie characters? Were they imagining fresh starts with new personalities? Or did they just want to get extremely easy-to-pronounce names to relieve the awkwardness of hearing native English speakers butcher the pronunciations of their Chinese names?

*Cheatsheet: The reading order of those texts is, mimicking the traditional Chinese reading method, from right to left.

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