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I got this from messyjessy, but I only answered some of the questions.

1) What is your middle name? - I don't have a middle name. My family doesn't understand the function of a middle name, so none of us have one.

2) If you were going to change your name, what would you make it? - I really like the name "Adelheide" (pr. "addle-laid") from "Heidi" by Johanna Spyri.

4) What are your top three favorite foods?

    1. Duck tongue
    2. Butter Chicken
    3. Hainan Chicken Rice

5) What are your three favorite songs?

6) What kind of car do you drive? - usually, Husband Guy's car, a 1999 black Acura 1.6 EL, "The Knight Ridah". But my car is a 1990 champagne Nissan Maxima Brougham, "Champagne".

7) If electric cars were available in your area, would you buy one? - it would depend on what everyone else says about them and how well it fits my situation.

8) What one thing would you change about the way you look? - I want to be taller. At first, I was torn between wanting Height Points and Pretty Points. Finally, I decided that Pretty Points are easier to increase because pretty is not just looks. But there's a limit to how many Height Points you can add with shoes (you can only really do +3 or +4 Shoes and maybe +1-illusion with clothes). And besides, tall, fugly people are still all over the runways, posters and magazines.

9) If you could have any three wishes in the world, what would they be?

    1. That whenever there's a war, the winning alliance/faction has to pay for all damages, long term recovery, long term financial aid and just everything. This was a wish I remember from when I was very young (7 or so). People are always asking children what they wish for and all the well-trained kids would say "World Peace". I thought that was a total cop-out/chocolate mould answer so I gave a more creative one. I really thought that would prevent wars from even starting, if we made the winner just as much of a loser than the loser. I think the world sorta does work this way, more or less. But wars still happen... =P

    2. All humans go through a manditory reproductive system suppression procedure by the time they are 12. Everyone must have a Parenting License to reproduce. Evading reproductive suppression and having a child without a license would be capital crimes - for both parents and the child. Getting a Parenting License would be like getting a driver's license - you have to take classes, take exams, do practicums, do volunteer work that involves children of all ages, etc. Then, and only then, are you granted the privilege of being able to have your own offspring.

    3. That I would always have exact change.

10) What was the title of last book you read? - Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies.

11) Have you ever lied to someone just to spare their feelings? - Yes. Although, this behaviour is on the decline. I'm not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. As I get older, there are certain situations that I no longer have patience for.

12) What is the most exotic food you've ever tasted? - I'm Chinese, there isn't much I consider "exotic food". I've had snake meat, emu, racoon, eel, I think I've had horse too, soup with 24k gold flakes in it... it all tasted like food. I've tried snake gonad in rice wine. Is that exotic?

13) How many countries have you visited? - 3: China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, HK and Taiwan), Japan, USA.

14) How many of the 50 US states have you visited? - 6: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Maryland, Florida. If you count airport stop-overs, I've also been to Illinois (Chicago-O'Hare), Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth) and Arizona (Phoenix).

15) How many men/women have you had sex with? - one man.

16) What is your favorite beer? - The Yaletown Brewing Company's Nut Brown or Black Widow. I used to go drinking with The Guyz (coworkers) on Friday evenings after work. I could keep up with the best of them. That's hugely amazing for my size and Asian-ness =D But I don't drink anymore. I may pick up drinking again when I can afford it.


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pne
Jan. 24th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
My family doesn't understand the function of a middle name, so none of us have one.

That's not necessarily an excuse. From what I gather (based on two people I know -- one from Hong Kong and one from China: admittedly a small data set), some (many? most?) Chinese have in their passport as their Romanised name their Western name, then the initials of their Chinese name, then their family name. So 潘書翰 Pan Shu-Han (Taiwan) aka "Stephen" is "Stephen S.H. Pan" in his passport, and Sung Wai-Hung (Hong Kong; don't remember the han4zi4; Song Weixiong in Mandarin and Sung Vui Hiung in Hakka) is "Dylan W.H. Sung".

Whether that means that "S.H." (or "Shu-Han") is Stephen's middle name is another question, but at least there's something in their passport between "Stephen" and "Pan". What does it say in your passport? <Western given name> <Family name>? Is your Chinese given name mentioned at all?

(Do you have an American passport, a Chinese one, or both?)

(On a related note, I've seen some Hong-Kong Chinese write their names as <Western given name> <Family name> <Chinese given name> -- as in "Stephen Pan Shu-Han". It makes kind of sense, since that way both the Western name and the Chinese name are in their usual order. Just a bit unusual from the point of view of Americans or Europeans.)

Getting a Parenting License would be like getting a driver's license

Interesting that you have to go through all sorts of tests and have a large enough home &c. &c. in order to be able to adopt a child, but any idiot living with his extended family in a two-room flat is allowed to have as many children as they want.
bride
Jan. 24th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
Re:
Yeah, a lot of people make their Chinese names into middle names, I know.

What does it say in your passport? ?

Yup. My Chinese name isn't mentioned at all. I have a Canadian passport only.
pne
Jan. 24th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
*blush* Sorry -- I had forgotten you're Canadian. I just realised I had asked about an "American" passport.

(BTW, you forgot to escape the <angle brackets> in your quote.)
bride
Jan. 24th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC)
*blush* Sorry -- I had forgotten you're Canadian. I just realised I had asked about an "American" passport.

Heehee, s'okay, it must be poor Marketing on my part =)

(BTW, you forgot to escape the <angle brackets> in your quote.)

*gyahh* Me and my copy'n'paste... =P
pne
Jan. 24th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
That made me think... do you have a Chinese birth certificate? A Canadian one? Both?

If you don't have a Chinese birth certificate (or no longer have one) and your Chinese name isn't in your Canadian passport, then there's no way to prove your Chinese name is anything in particular, is there? I mean, you could call yourself "Meili" or "Hudie" or anything you wanted and nobody could prove or disprove it's your Chinese name. Or do you have other documentation with your Chinese name on it?

(<conspiratorial whisper>Maybe you don't even have a Chinese name! Maybe you've been leading all your in-laws astray!</whisper>)
bride
Jan. 24th, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re:
I have a Chinese birth certificate - well, it's a "proof of birth" anyway... *shrug* just in case anyone thinks I was hatched, oozed out of a rock or something I guess. =)

It's a 7.5"x10.5", 4 page booklet that has my name (in Simplified characters *blech*), when and where I was born, my parents' names and the stamp/seal/signature of the official who signed off on it.

I'm pretty sure it's not the same thing that everyone else in China has because this thing has the Chinese, an English translation, signed and stamped by the Canadian Embassy, and the translation is also officially approved (stamped/sealed/signed). My parents were in the middle of getting their Canadian immigration approved when my Mom got pregnant with me.

China doesn't allow dual citizenship, so we had to give up Chinese citizenship status.

I carry a Canadian Citizenship card in my wallet. My old one had a picture of me when I was 6, then when I was 16, I applied to have it renewed with an updated photo. This is the one I have now =)

A lot of people in China go by two names, one birth name and one "alias". Dr. Sun Yat-Sen did. His name is actually Sun Zhong Shan, but he went by Yue Xian. The Empress Dowager CiXi did as well (her birth name was Yu4Lan2).

It looks like the general practice is that (after the Republic of 1949 anyway) women do not take their husband's surnames when they married, but choose a new name or alias for themselves that includes their husband's surname. My Mom did that and she now uses her alias in almost everything she does... now we know that someone is a really old friend of hers if they keep using her original name =D

My new chosen alias is 林玉蘋. Yu4 as in "jade" and ping2 as in "apple" =) But I haven't used it much.
pne
Jan. 25th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
That would explain the name apple_jade, then.
bride
Jan. 25th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
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Yup =D
pne
Jan. 27th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
How do you pronounce that in Cantonese? (Preferably with indication of tone contours.)

The first character is "lam" in some tone or other, isn't it?
bride
Jan. 27th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC)
Re:
Going by this pronunciation guide:
http://www.cantonese.ca/pronunciation.html
http://www.cantonese.ca/tones.html

It's l[a]m/4/ yUk/6/ pIng/4/ - that's the upside down [a], the first one under "Short Vowels".
yueni
Dec. 10th, 2003 09:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose this will be dredging up old news in an old post, but here's some input from a Singaporean.

Chinese Singaporeans also do the deal. However, it has also been dealt with in this manner:

,

I'm used to seeing it both ways.
yueni
Dec. 10th, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
Bah. I meant:

[Western Name] [Surname] [Chinese Name] and also:

[Surname] [Chinese Name] , [Western Name]
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