||[Jan. 13th, 2005|05:23 pm]
The instructor for my stats recitation started off by saying "Hello I am Chen Xue. You can call me Jerry." I have had this happen a few times before where TAs have taken on a new, more english name. It kind of bothers me for some reason. I could maybe understand if it is a hard name for English speakers to pronounce but his name is Chen. Maybe he thinks it makes him more approachable or something. I just hope that he wasn't encouraged at some point to take on a more American name. Anyway, I'll be calling him Chen.|
At the end of my Stats recitation today a girl came up to Chen and said she would be gone next week to attend the president's inauguration. Maybe it's just me but it seems stupid to spend millions of dollars and have a big party to reinaugurate somebody who's already the president and will just be retaining his job.
I started reading War and Peace. I enjoyed Anna Karenina when I read it in High School and War and Peace is pretty important literarily so I picked it up over break. It's 1444 pages long. I don't mind the length but the fact that it's the size of a dictionary makes it kind of awkward to hold. I'm a slow reader so I'm shooting for finishing it by the end of the semester.
It seems as if all my professors this semester either take attendance or are crazy about pop quizes so it doesn't look like I'll be skipping any classes. I guess I should thank them? I have a 9:10 3 days a week and a 10:20 the other two. It's not that bad I suppose but I need a fair ammount of sleep to function and I am used to having at least one or two days during the week to sleep in.
I plan on watching a lot of football this weekend. The Colts with league MVP Peyton Manning and crazy kicker Mike Vanderjagt take on the Patriots who have won 2 of the last 3 Super Bowls. I am rooting for the Pats. The Eagles(minus their main offensive weapon and my main man Terrell Owens) take on the Vikings with Culpepper and Moss. The Eagles are my team. The underdog Rams take on the Falcons with crazy legs himself Michael Vick. I've been a Rams fan since Kurt Warner's heyday. Jets and Steeler's promises to be good but I like both teams and don't know who I want to win. There you go Fox and CBS I've plugged the hell out of your games now I expect you to bring back When Animals Attack and cancel Survivor respectively.
what if he actually prefers his adopted name to his given name? that would be interesting.
you liked anna karenina too!? woo! i'm not the only one =)
i'm for the pats too.
brady is the man, even if he went to UM.
on the re-inauguration. there were already bleachers along the streets of d.c. for it when i was there.
The many experiences i have had with chinese people suggest that they are pretty arrogant about their language. All the tones and whatnot, even someone like me who takes chinese as a language and can pronounce their name better than most, they respond with disgust, the whole look-at-fellow-chinese-person-beside-them-and-make-a-bad-look-while-saying-something-in-chinese-that-cannot-be-good, or they do the embarrased laughter.
When i am in class and a chinese person suggests an alternative american name for their so complex chinese name (haha), they always have some reaction like they say it with a smirk on their face and then look at their chinese friends, etc. as if they never stop gettin a kick out of seeing how american's cannot pronounce a name in a language foreign to them.
Their language is pretty easy, i do not understand where all this cockiness comes from. I think South Asian languages, japanese, and others are a lot harder.