bk1 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I see your point. And yeah, you're right that 40+ biglaw partners are probably more tolerant. Then again (and I'm not trying to dispute your point, just wondering what you think), my current-generation peers are the ones I will be working with as time goes by. I would hope they'd judge less as they get more experience through life, rather than cast a bad shadow. I personally don't care about these things much at all (again, why I haven't changed my name). There definitely exists a pressure to assimilate with an Americanized name, though. I think I know just one other person who never changed her name, and hers isn't terribly difficult to pronounce. I don't care if I FEEL behind the curve, but if I actually AM behind it in some way, that would, to put it delicately, suck.
Hopefully your current peers will be actual adults by the time you work with them and not petulant children. But in any case they won't be the ones making hiring decisions (at least not initially) so it's not like it'll hurt your chances.
Let us hope. Thanks for all your advice. It's definitely a weird phenomenon that East Asians in particular change their names so often. Meh, I'm not much for sociology. Hopefully everyone will get over it. I suppose it's mainly a first-impression issue that I have to live with. I won't lie though, it gets progressively more annoying the older I am. Young kids can be super tolerant when you're all they know. I grew up in a really wealthy white neighborhood, so perhaps that's why I was so out of touch for so long about this issue.