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Anney Pan
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In China, some parents give children special names so it is easy to call them. My name, is Hai Hua Pan. Hai Hua in Chinese means sea flowers.

 

Reflecting on Names in China

Hai Hua ( Anney) Pan from China

In China, everybody calls people by their last names; it's only at home that parents call their children by their first names.

Some parents give children special names so it is easy to call them.

I was born in Zhejiang Zhoushan, China. Zhoushan is a beautiful island and the sea is beautiful there.

So, my Chinese name is Hai Hua Pan. Hai Hua in Chinese means sea flowers.

My mother said my name just like "spindrift."

When I was young I didn't know what my name meant, but I liked it. But when I grew up, I didn't want my name to sound like some kind of flower.



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