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Meet Chen Pi Yun (Beatrice) from Taiwan

I have different names both in Chinese and in English, which I take great pride in. My Chinese name, Chen Pi Yun, has been with me for the past 22 years. My family name is Chen, which is a very common family name in Taiwan, even the same as our president. My second name was created with my uncles' help from two families. One of them checked the strokes and the other one was responsible for matching them with their definitions. Many Chinese people still believe that the strokes of names may affect one's destiny. Pi, in Chinese carries the meaning of 'fragrant'; Yun is an unusual family name I have not seen before. Two words of my second name are both seldom seen in general.

The other name, Beatrice is my English name, which I have used for seven years. It was given to me by my English teacher in junior college. My teacher gave me this name because the pronunciation matches my Chinese name. They sound much alike and it is easy for people whom I first meet to remember. I am so proud of that since so far I have never met anyone who has the same name as mine either in Chinese or English. My name is unique and that makes me the one and only around the world

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Last updated: October 18, 2002