Post # 1
I’m Chinese-American but have a Chinese first and last name (both very easy to pronounce and my first name is unique, so I never got an “English” first name like “Grace Lee” or something). My Fiance is white and has a very English last name, which I wouldn’t have considered taking EXCEPT for the fact that in my professional life, I’ve been mistaken for a fresh-off-the-boat Chinese person before. I would get comments like “your English is so good!” etc, even though I was born in the U.S., grew up in the American South, and speak fluent English. I think changing my last name would be an easy solution to this problem, but I’m a little concerned about how it would look to have my [Chinese first name][English last name]. Has anyone done this, or know of anyone with this combo?
Post # 2
I don’t think it would look weird or funny at all. People will probably figure out it’s your married name.
Post # 3
I grew up in an area where that was very common. You should be fine. In my part of Southern California it is very common and no one thinks twice about it.
P.S. This is not a consideration for me, specifically, but the area I have spent most my life in is about 70% asian – a majority of my peers simply opted for whatever made them happiest.
Post # 4
I agree. People will just assume it’s your married name though I’m not sure it will completely get rid of the “your English is so good” comments. I knew a girl with an Asian first and last name who married and took the last name of her Caucasian husband, and people thought they met while he was overseas in the military (he was never in the military!).