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2nd generation Chinese vs 2nd generation Indians

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A local store owner Jagindar told everybody to call him Jake but the neighbourhood renamed him Jack. Crowdsourced.

Every time a kid is born in the family the joke is, name it "Wolfgang". All the 2nd generation got quintessentially British names because of my mother. Very bland. My father wanted a little Wolfie but I think at the time there was still too much anti-German sentiment to have someone going around with a double-barreled ethnic name like that. Third generation has totally Canadianized: they are in Makayla territory. So, everybody tries to fit in, Indian, Chinese or whatever. Everybody needs a British code name.
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lecale wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 1:12 pm
A local store owner Jagindar told everybody to call him Jake but the neighbourhood renamed him Jack. Crowdsourced.

Every time a kid is born in the family the joke is, name it "Wolfgang". All the 2nd generation got quintessentially British names because of my mother. Very bland. My father wanted a little Wolfie but I think at the time there was still too much anti-German sentiment to have someone going around with a double-barreled ethnic name like that. Third generation has totally Canadianized: they are in Makayla territory. So, everybody tries to fit in, Indian, Chinese or whatever. Everybody needs a British code name.
So true.

Before WW I & II the Eastern Europeans were known to be hard working immigrants making a name for themselves in various parts of Canada.

Once the Wars happened, they experienced a great set back as to public opinion. Consequently German sounding names became unpopular so people changed adapted ... (even the British Monarchy changed from the House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha to the House of Windsor).

So having the name Adolph was essentially the kiss of death ... Cannot say I know anyone with this name who is younger than 70.

I am a post war baby boomer... There was still an air of mistrust when it came to those countries that were not our allies. Consequently, many of these families gave their kids very English names to over compensate.

Of course most of us kids knew no difference (prejudices / bigotry is a learned behaviour, not a natural one). And we grew up THANKFULLY believing that Bob & Anne were just like any other kid in the classroom. We did not see their heritage / race... Colour or Religion.

And so the world turns... Today 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Generation, they & their descendants are just like every other Canadian. As it should be.
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lecale wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 1:12 pm
A local store owner Jagindar told everybody to call him Jake but the neighbourhood renamed him Jack. Crowdsourced.

Every time a kid is born in the family the joke is, name it "Wolfgang". All the 2nd generation got quintessentially British names because of my mother. Very bland. My father wanted a little Wolfie but I think at the time there was still too much anti-German sentiment to have someone going around with a double-barreled ethnic name like that. Third generation has totally Canadianized: they are in Makayla territory. So, everybody tries to fit in, Indian, Chinese or whatever. Everybody needs a British code name.
he should have called himself Jag in an effort to convince his wife to let him buy a Jag to match his name
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lecale wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 1:12 pm
A local store owner Jagindar told everybody to call him Jake but the neighbourhood renamed him Jack. Crowdsourced.
Jaginder is "Jaggi". And that's a fact.
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Born in Canada to immigrant Chinese parents. Given a legal Anglo First name at birth, no middle name. Was also provided a Chinese name at birth also which I unilaterally 'changed' in adulthood because I didn't like it. Parents were ok with that as its what they typically addressed me by, which happens to be the recognized transliteration of my English name.

I'm not religious myself. My parents are culturally still very Chinese.
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I'm a Sikh who was born here in 79 and I have a traditional Punjabi name as do my kids. i think it comes down to religion, as many Chinese people have converted to Christianity. Like I said to the Jehovah witnesses whom stopped by recently "You will never convert me, even at gun point.", "so your willing to die for your religion?", "Yes, and for yours".
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mr_raider wrote:
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Sure we do. My name is "Sam". It's short for Samrendra Chattopadhyay.
Dude you just DOXXED yourself!!!!11
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Since language is ever evolving. In the future, I'd like to adopt a mathematical name like "Infinity" or "Number One".

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lecale wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 1:12 pm
A local store owner Jagindar told everybody to call him Jake but the neighbourhood renamed him Jack. Crowdsourced.

Every time a kid is born in the family the joke is, name it "Wolfgang". All the 2nd generation got quintessentially British names because of my mother. Very bland. My father wanted a little Wolfie but I think at the time there was still too much anti-German sentiment to have someone going around with a double-barreled ethnic name like that. Third generation has totally Canadianized: they are in Makayla territory. So, everybody tries to fit in, Indian, Chinese or whatever. Everybody needs a British code name.
I'm always pushing for Wolfgang and Cornelius. Wolfy and Corny need a comeback!
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mr_raider wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 2:17 pm
Jaginder is "Jaggi". And that's a fact.
Oh no, no need to get any more familiar with the guy, he's already got my buddy watching cricket.
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Aug 11th, 2017 2:46 pm
I'm always pushing for Wolfgang and Cornelius. Wolfy and Corny need a comeback!
Maximilian. Maximum syllables.
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One thing that pisses me off is when people assume my name isn't mine.
They assume my real name is ching chong ping pong wang.

When they ask for my Chinese name... I have to tell them the whole damn story that my Chinese name is pronounced EXACTLY like my very English name.
My parents gave me a Chinese name like how Kanye West names his kids....

They thought it would be fun to find Chinese characters and wording that mimick the exact way my Given name is pronounced in English... So my english name and my chinese name is the same. When I tell people this... They don't believe me. When I tell Chinese people this... They don't believe me. Not until they see me write it down in TRaditional Chinese (of HK origin). They read it out.. Google it... then realize holy shit... My parents gave me the most ******** Chinese name... Because theres probably 0 people on this planet who share the same Chinese name. lol
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 7:49 pm
One thing that pisses me off is when people assume my name isn't mine.
They assume my real name is ching chong ping pong wang.

When they ask for my Chinese name... I have to tell them the whole damn story that my Chinese name is pronounced EXACTLY like my very English name.
My parents gave me a Chinese name like how Kanye West names his kids....

They thought it would be fun to find Chinese characters and wording that mimick the exact way my Given name is pronounced in English... So my english name and my chinese name is the same. When I tell people this... They don't believe me. When I tell Chinese people this... They don't believe me. Not until they see me write it down in TRaditional Chinese (of HK origin). They read it out.. Google it... then realize holy shit... My parents gave me the most ******** Chinese name... Because theres probably 0 people on this planet who share the same Chinese name. lol
Care to type it out in Chinese? Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
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Chinese is totally different from English. Chinese doesn't use alphabet letters that's why Chinese parents here in Canada have to give their kids English names.

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