The summer heat wave here in Shanxi has continued unabated. I have been thinking about leaving Taiyuan for cooler environs, but I am finding it hard to do so. Not because of my duty to my people and a feeling of responsibility for the future, but because Shanxi is currently blockaded by the Japs and the Commies.
Sweltering and half insane, I have had to find all sorts of diversions to pass the time. Booze has helped. But even when drunk, you can only watch so many hours of opera before demanding that the young female lead be delivered to your palace for a personal performance. Thus my days have fallen into a monotony, and I was so bored for distraction that I agreed to a meeting with my US military advisors.
Now, normally I despise such meetings, as they are always telling me what I am doing wrong. If I actually listened to these fools, I would have to re-organize my army and take on the Japs head first. No thanks! But out of boredom I agreed to meet with them. Overall the meeting was useless, but one hilarious thing did emerge: they had all taken Chinese names, each more ridiculous than the next.
What is it with laowai and Chinese names? Is it so hard to choose one that does not make you look like a total douchebag? As I have noted earlier, laowai are always doing stupid shit that I real man such as myself would never do. But to flub something as simple as a name? As public service, I thought I should share a few basic rules when it comes to laowai and Chinese names.
Now, I am sure that many of you, when hearing about bad Chinese names, think of this guy:
Meet Da Shan (大山), the guy who is famous for being able to speak Chinese. This makes a lot of other laowai super pissed off, since they speak Chinese but don’t get to be all famous for it. On one hand I feel their pain, since I speak Chinese and am not famous for it, but on the other hand I really cannot relate because I am totally famous for other things, like being a powerful warlord.
There is also a bit of controversy surrounding his name, which literally translates into “Big Mountain.” Besides the fact that he named himself after a bad reggae band, there is this question: Is this not a really stupid fucking name? The answer: Yes. But it could be much worse. I would say it is about as stupid as me moving to Denver and telling people they should start calling me Rocky Mountain.
Perhaps I am being a bit soft on Da Shan, since we both share the 山 character in our names. But really, there are far more stupid names for a laowai to choose. I will demonstrate this by discussing two of the worst names ever to be chosen by laowai.
The first name is an unfortunate mix of three factors. The first is the desire to name yourself after an animal. Why the fuck would you do that? You are a person (I think, although a few of the laowai I know are a bit ape-like). If you have the character of any animal in your name, and you have never starred in an action movie, you are a douche. The second factor is having a small dick, and feeling insecure about it, so you want to emphasize your “bigness’ by putting the character for big (大) in your name. The third factor is actually thinking that you somehow deserve to be compared favorably to Bruce Lee.
As some of you might have guessed, the name I refer to is Dalong (大龙), or “Big Dragon.” If you have this name, you are an idiot. Bruce Lee’s Chinese name was Xiaolong (小龙) or “Little Dragon.” That is a fucking awesome Chinese name–for Bruce Lee. You expect me to call you “Big Dragon”? How about I just call you a fucking idiot.
If our first horrible name displays equal parts ignorance, insecurity, and misplaced arrogance, the second horrible name reveals in its holder a willingness to debase themselves for fame. I speak of what I take to be the most idiotic name ever taken by a laowai (and that says something), Aihua (爱华). Meet Aihua:
Aihua. What a fucking name. It means “love China.” I suppose it will not surprise you to know that Aihua is an actress. Here is what the always reliable CCTV said about her:
[She is an] American girl who has embraced and adopted Chinese culture and tradition as her own. Meanwhile, she is beloved by the Chinese people, and they have accepted her as a Chinese, not a foreigner. She has graced the stages and TV screens of China since the young age of 10. “Ai Hua”, meaning Love China, is her Chinese name. And the name proves very appropriate, for not only does she love the Chinese, but the Chinese love her as well.
Shocking, is it not, that this CCTV report is inaccurate? Note to all laowai: You will never be accepted as Chinese. Picking a suck-up name might make us feel comfortable around you–it does show that you will kiss our asses for as long as we keep you around–but it does not make you Chinese.
I still cannot believe anyone would take this name. To balance the scales, I am currently looking for a Chinese citizen to move Montana and take the name “Me Love USA Long Time.” If you know anyone who might be interested, contact me at once.
Update: The newish blog “Peking Order” (get it?) has a list of the top 5 laowai. You will find that these “top” laowai are also dumb-ass laowai with seriously stupid names, a few of which have already been referenced above. Check it out here. BTW the Peking Order gets +6 internet points for referencing Yan Xishan, but -3 internet points for showing pity to Ai Hua.