The Dangers of “Going Local”

by Olivia Edward
Picking a Mandarin name for yourself in China can be perilous.
“So what’s your Chinese name?”

“I haven’t got one,” I replied

“Well how can we print your business cards?” tutted the production manager impatiently.

“I don’t know,” I said limply. “I wasn’t aware I was going to need one.” Looks of disapproval and exasperation from my