Watch Nick Angiers (Masters in Chinese Linguistics) teach Mihir Vaidya how to pronounce my name. With sushi photobombing by Alex Bloom.
Q: Why do you not have an English name?
A: I never felt comfortable with one because it wasn't part of my identity. An imposter syndrome of sorts.
Q: I went to China and everyone seemed to have an English name. Why don't you?
A: I am Southeast Asian. East Asians, except the Japanese, have a habit/custom/collectivist imperative of giving themselves English names. Southeast Asians rarely give themselves English names.
Q: Why do you call yourself "XYZ"?
A: My name has three characters, as written in Chinese. The "X" corresponds to the first character of my name, the "Y" the second and the "Z" (pronounced "zed") is my surname.
Q: Why did you create this site?
A: I suppose it's the same impetus that led The Ting Tings to sing That's Not My Name, although I do genuinely like creating websites.
Q: How do you even survive with such an impossible name?
A: In the words of the late Chester Bennington, "I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, it doesn't even matter."