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    | Richmond, BC, Canada | Bigotry, Language & Words, Top

    Me: “My name is Guinan Chan. But, just write ‘G Chan’; it’s easier.”

    Employee: “Guinan?”

    Me: “Yes, but just use my first initial.”

    Employee: “I’m sorry, but Guinan?”

    Me: “Yes, it’s Mandarin. I realize that sounds unusual here.”

    Employee: “I’m sorry, but you need an English name.”

    Me: “…Pardon?”

    Employee: “You need an English name.”

    Me: “Okay… how about Pennebrygg?”

    Employee: “…”

    Me: “…with two Ns and two Gs.”

    Employee: “…”

    Me: “It’s English. It dates back to at least the 14th century.”

    (My order arrived addressed to ‘G Chan’.)