May 19th 2013 21:00
Several months ago a friend suggested I start using my Chinese name instead of my Anglais one. I said no way. Ditto Andrea. Her Chinese name is Chien-Ling which makes her sound like a panda. In fact, that was how she got Panda as a nickname.
“What is your Chinese name?” asked one of my colleagues.
“Eagle. No joke. My old man’s name is Calf. In fact, Grandma used to tell me never to call him Calf to his face as he hated that name. Then he goes and gives me a stupid name. Who names their kids after eagles, anyway? Couldn’t they have chosen another animal…like cat?”
My colleague groaned. She’s another one of those people who prefers dogs to cats.