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15 years ago when I came to America. I had a dream. But the reality was harder than I expected. Every single step was a struggle, and even to get myself a good English name, it took me 12 years.
Look at this video and see how I got my first English name.
"Bubba" is a friendly name, but it is a nick-name and mostly used by rural southerners. I wanted a real English name.
In 1999, one Asian American became very famous. His name, to many Chinese, means "strength, power, speed, beauty, and integrity". He is one-quarter Chinese. His name is "Tiger Woods".
I wanted my friends to call me "Tiger". But good things didn't last long. In 2003 when I graduated with master degree in computer, the IT job market was bad. I sent tons of resumes but no one replied.
You could imagine how excited I was when a small company in New Jersey liked to offer a job, but under one condition: I have to drop my name "Tiger" because their boss had the same name.
I accepted the condition and dropped my name "Tiger". After much thinking I decided to name myself "Arnold" after Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Arnold and I had a few things in common. We were both from foreign countries and his English is as hard to understand as mine is. He had power, and wealth I dreamed of, and he had a body that I hoped to develop for myself.
The name "Arnold" didn't work well for me. Instead of Arnold, many people called me "girlie man". For 4 years afterwards, I tried to find a English name for myself, but no name sounded right.
When God closes a door he always leave a window open. In August, 2008, I found a job in Kansas.
When I drove to Kansas. It was windy, hot and sunny! Sunny! That would be my name! To show her support, my wife changed her name to "Windy". Our dog got a new name: "Tornado".
When I look back at those 15 years now, I found every time I named myself after a man, that man got into some trouble. Every time I tried to be someone else, I failed miserably. But I am very grateful because every failure, every step, every struggle is a blessing too.
In Julia and Romeo, Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell sweet as well". I want to say, "A Chinese by any other name is still a Chinese."
I like the name "Sunny" very much and I want to keep it forever. It is bright and positive. Most importantly, it is the starting point for my dream.