Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sexy Beijing - Lost in Translation - Danwei TV

When the Chinese take on English names, you never know what you're going to get.

Names like "Samanfar" or "Smacker", for example.

Not sure why those who don't need English names actually go and get them -- and some people actually do NEED them, as when they work for English-speaking gweilos who don't have the tongues for the complexities and nuances of Mandarin or Fukien.

For everyone else, it must be akin to the trend among the lower classes of getting retainers so they could look cool several years ago.

On the other hand, this seems like good and bad thing at the same time. Good: the Chinese are no longer thinking of themselves as citizens of the Middle Kingdom, the only one in the world that truly matters. The bad: what are the long term effects of this kind of trend on Chinese culture?

Only time will tell.

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