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* Mandarin Chinese syllables are Romanized in English alphabet called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin Pinyin]]" ("spell of sounds").
* Chinese family names usually have one syllable, and given names usually no more than two. Some rare family names have two syllables, such as [[Ouyang]], [[Sima]], and [[Zhuge]]. Each Chinese character is one syllable.
* In China, people state their last names (family names) first, and first names (given names) last. I call myself [[Li]] [[Boxiao]] in China ([[Li]] is my family name), but in western countries, I call myself [[Boxiao]] [[Li]], following the western tradition.
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I thank Timothy Tokar, Adwait Chawathe, Amit Singh, Matthieu Rousset, Carla Co, [[Ruiting]] [[Wu]], [[Yushi]] (Russell) [[Zhao]], and [[Zhao]] (Zoe) [[Zhang]] from [https://www.chevron.com/ Chevron ] for their suggestions, and my wife [[Liqin]] [[Sang]] for her continuous support. I thank my company [https://www.chevron.com/ Chevron ] for her persistent commitment in diversity and inclusion, which inspired the creation of this website.
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