Last Updated: 24 August 2003 9:25 PM SGT
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
- Romeo and Juliet, Act II Scene II, by William Shakespeare
The rose quote is one of my favourites, as my long-suffering friends can testify to. It essentially means that what something or someone is called often isn't as important as its essence, its characteristics, its raison d'être etc. Hopefully I'll be a better judge of this in time to come.
|Given Name||Lin Ziyuan. Chinese: 林子渊. Not many people stop to think about the accurate Chinese pronunciation, but I usually just let it go. "Zi": no problem if you know Mandarin, but the "yuan" is supposed to be the first tone, for those who know hanyu pinyin, so it has an almost "uplifting" feeling as it tails off at a slightly higher pitch.|
|Nicknames||Data, and now also Lzy.Data because Data was too common.|
|Current ICQ Nickname||Data.|
|Nickname Experimented with||Hari Seldon (from the Foundation novels). It proved a bit too long.|
The pressure in the workplace to adopt an easy-to-remember name (preferably English name) is much greater than I expected, such that if you're new, people might otherwise forget your non-English name. Or as the military custom has it, they'll call you by your surname & be happy with using that till you leave. But unfortunately there are practical difficulties to naming myself Data, like having a lot of explaining to do. Certainly if I had a catchy name it would be okay, but I just can't seem to picture/identify myself as Tom, Dick, Harry or any of these.
|Currently residing in||Singapore|
|Alma maters||Nan Hua Primary School, The Chinese High School, Raffles Junior College|