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In the Shanghai dialect, my first name is pronounced like the word "done," as in "finished" or "pau" (Hawaiian). People like to joke and often ask me the question "Are you done, Duen?" In Mandarin, the pronounciation is more like the German word "dünn" which means thin, and indeed, I am fairly skinny.

When I get around to it, I will include some audio links here so you can hear how my first name is pronounced.

Last updated 11 August 1995

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