OCs and Chinese NamesOCs and Chinese Names3 years ago in Other More Like This
How would you react to an OC named Win Bloody?
Do you like that name? Does it sound like a plausible name in any universe whatsoever?
Well, how would you react to an OC named Yíng Xuèxīng?
That is the approximate equivalent, grammar and all.
For so many people professing to "appreciate and respect" Chinese culture and history, as of now I really don't see anyone putting their actions where their words are. Either stop making stuff up and pulling random names out of Chinese sounds you've heard before, or just damn well man up and say it aloud: "I actually don't care about Chinese culture- I just want my character to fit in/be Chinese." And go ahead- there's a lot less shame in admitting it loud and proud than claiming that you "love" the culture and history but then bumbling through it like a ninny who gets all her facts from Wikipedia and Dynasty Warriors.
What if someone corrects you? They might tell you that name makes no sense, or you're using