Cassie, 21 years old, was looking for a Chinese name to work in China. Her original Vietnamese name was literally translated as 张青草原 (Zhang Qing Cao Yuan)，a funny Chinese name. No one could handle a name like that in Chinese. She thought of 好愿 (Hao Yuan - a brilliant wish) but that was also a stupid idea.
Reluctantly, she had to look for a name. Preferably it should have been close to the pronunciation of her original name, but still as fancy as her English name. Such a greedy bitch.
Her Chinese teacher Vincent got her 张菁 (Zhang Jing) or 张菁媛 (Zhang JingYuan), Harry, a friend got her 张靖媛 (Zhang JingYuan) but she liked herself 张桃媛 (Zhang TaoYuan). There were always problems and problems. The Chinese did not like to have the 草 (grass) radical in their names.
Amy, also a friend gave Cassie a final touch “I prefer 张菁媛, it is more suitable for girl than 张靖媛. And about 桃 (Tao), nowadays, most of people in China think if you use this in your name, it is boorish, I mean like coming from little village from mountain.” “菁 is also the combination of 青 and 草 those are a part of your real name” said Vincent to Cassie.
“Yes”, said @amyfen9 “菁 also means the lust of blooming flowers, growing grass and the energy of nature.” Finally, now Cassie has a fancy Chinese name for herself: Zhang Jingyuan, means the blooming beauty of a lady, with a freshy and floral touch. Which is close to her original name: a green grass field, the origin and the end of the food chain. The origin of life.
Never before has Cassie realized that Chinese is such a beautiful language, in which there only needs a few words to describe a sky of meaning. Each and every character can contain deep levels of meaning that normal people cannot think of.
Now she has the name Zhang Jingyuan - 张菁媛 - Trương Tinh Viên to brand herself in Chinese speaking countries.
She has been call by her non-original name for so long that she sometimes doubts that what her momma gave is.
All this rain in LA is making miss the many many trips I did to these icy winter wonderland destinations ❄️ fun fact we almost hit the side of mountain on our way in to one of these sky resort towns, good times!😟😰