I went for diagnostic tests of blood. urine, and feces yesterday. The name shows on the badge of the Asian technician serving me is Yin. I thought she is Chinese, so I asked if she is. She replied to me that she was born to the family of Chinese expatriates in former South Vietnam. She said she can speak Chinese, so we started to converse to each other in Mandarin, though her eloquent spoken Chinese tinted a little Cantonese accent.
I asked her what is her surname in Chinese, is it 英，殷，or 應? I also wrote them on paper to show her those words, and she pointed at 英. She told me that the word, her surname, is one of the few Chinese words she has ever known, but she does not know what the word means. When I told her 英 is a good word in Chinese, and it is used to denote things in positive manner, e.g., England, English, hero, and so on, she is surprised to learn that.