From Beijing to Washington: dream and reality

Author : Xiaoli Du

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“Hi, my name is Serena, nice to meet you!” I feel this was a kind of introduction of myself a long time ago, which sounds formal and exotic to me. 

“Oh, nice to meet you! What is your Chinese name? My name is Richard.”

“My Chinese name is Xiao-Li. Sorry if it is hard to pronounce, just call me Serena.”

“Xiaoli. I can pronounce it, as we have had a Xiaolan in our lab for more than 10 years, everyone can pronounce it. Do you want me to call you Serena or Xiaoli?”

“Which ever one you’d like.”