What’s In a Name?

It’s hard to come up with a name. It carries weight, hope, and dreams. In ancient times, it reflected the moment  of the times. It will be what he’ll be called, it’s our first gift to him.

His English name means “Light-giving” or “light-giver”.

  • to illuminate the darkness
  • to bring insight in confusion
  • to bring levity/happiness/joy to a situation
  • to uplift in heavy world

We wanted to find a name that included a K and a L as references to his parents if possible. We didn’t want a name that was difficult to pronounce for our parents and families. We wanted a name that didn’t have the traditional meanings of power/strength/king/warrior but one that reflected where we are at in our journey in life with an emphasis on connection and faith. That proved to be a bit of challenge but this is a name that came back around a few times and only confirmed by K after seeing him for the first time.

His Chinese Name:

His Chinese name Lok Sin is 樂善 but there’s a bit more behind the name. It’s inspired by how my Chinese name came to be.

My name, 君 洋 (Kwan Yeung), tells a story:

尹 + 口 = 君

The first character 尹 is my mom’s name and the second character (口) is a mouth. In having me, they added a mouth to the family and this combination actually is real Chinese word Kwan. This became the first or generational part of my name.

Refers to the Pacific Ocean (太平洋) in that my parents crossed the Pacific Ocean to immigrate to America where I was born. Thus the name 君 洋 tells the story of adding a mouth, birthed from my mother, with the surname of my father as both crossed the Pacific Ocean for the American dream.

His Name

A few years ago, I came across this peculiar story of this word 義. Chinese words originate from pictographs so this word is amalgamation of 2 other words:

羊 + 我 = 義

The first character (羊) is sheep or lamb and the second is the word for ‘me’ (我). This word means ‘Righteousness’ and has been around for a long time. It’s interesting because it points to the possibility that the imagery of a lamb over me = righteousness has been around way before Taylor Hudson brought the gospel to China. If so, then where did this image come from? A mystery for another time but I’ve always loved that interesting tidbit.

So as seen above my name has a 洋 which has the sheep (羊) character so it got me thinking how I could unite my name + K’s name for our child’s name.

洋 + 心 + 口 =

When I take a part of my name and drop the radical (羊),  a character from K’s name (心), and now add a mouth (口) to our family, we form his new name. This character 善 (closer to pronunciation “seen”) means “virtue” or “goodness”. *K’s name isn’t exactly translate into the final word, it’s directionally/visually pretty darn close.

Now like my name, this could have been the second character of the 3 characters but my dad once told me that each generation of a Chinese clan usually follows a naming convention. There’s a book somewhere in some rural Hakka village that lists it out. I guess my dad knew what my name was supposed to be but instead chose 君 for me and my sister. The real name or the next generation’s name was supposed to 樂 which means ‘happy’ or ‘joyous’, most often seen in the lunar new year greeting 新年快. So as an homage to my dad and to his installation in me of fascination with Chinese lore and history, that’ll be his second character.

Since our last name can be used in to mean “a lot of ” as in 許多. Then his full Chinese name can come to mean ‘a lot of joyous virtue’.

His name reflects the Asian American identity that we as parents have had to navigate and he will have to navigate as well. His blended cultural name is a light-giver that brings a lot of joyous virtue. A fitting compliment for a complete name.

And the cherry on top: His middle initials give a nod to a certain light-bringer to the galaxy in EP IV, V, VI.

Vancouver – A Chinese Food Eat Fest + Exploring

Lido Restaurant, Richmond for Pineapple Bun + Egg Tart

Pastel de Natas at Union Market.

Jimmy’s Tea House for HK breakfast.

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Market – Popina Canteen. Ice cream puff, Chicken Sandwich.

Longliner Seafoods for smoked salmon

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Sea to Sky Highway to Gondola

Richmond Night Market. Didn’t actually go in due to the incredible turn out. Really impressive (from the outside)

Jianghu Taiwanese Pot and Wok

dim sum at Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood, Richmond

Egg tart and Portuguese egg tarts at Saint Germaine Bakery, Richmond

Lemon Tea and Lemon Honey at Richmond Public Market

Montreal Smoked Meats + Flatbread at Vancouver airport

Glacier National Park of Canada – The Wild

Glacier Crest Trail

It says 7.9mi but our watches said we hike 9.1mi that day. Amazing.








(1) Glacier Crest Trail (2) Meeting of the Waters. Waters from 2 glacier/ice caps. (3) rest after all the switch backs and lunch (4-6) the steep climb to the summit (7-8) Glacier Crest Trail summit. Illecillewaet Glacier (9-11) the difficult trek down

Pedal The Cause – The Ride

An incredible event. 10/10. It was such an intentional and inspiring day with a few incredible moments and tough turns.


Coronado Bridge

An incredible ride that starts with a steep climb up a sectioned off Coronado bridge. What a view.


Broken spoke! At mile 3 right towards the bottom of the bridge going at close to top speed K hears a weird sound and immediately stops. Fortunately a few friends coming up behind us are able to help K out enough to allow her to keep going.

Amazing views

A few pot holes and I hit a massive one at ~20 mile mark and flew off the bike. Few bruises and scrapes.

All in all an incredible cause and something K + I hope to be a part of as long as we’re here in SD. K’s already got her sights on the 55mi and we’ll start training soon as we get the front wheel fixed.

Join us next year!

Pedal the Cause 2022 – Why I Ride

I still remember it pretty vividly. I was sitting in the MTR in Hong Kong with my parents and my sister, coming home from something later in the evening. We were fairly alone in our section which is pretty rare for a city as packed as HK is.

My dad tells my sister and I that he’s got some news. It’s nothing to worry about but definitely something. The doctor has found some shadows on his last scan and they’ll need to do more tests. In the ensuing years those shadows would morph and start a fight for life.

Over the years, this dreadful conversation has been repeated in families and between loved ones all around the world. Far too many of them end in gut-wrenching and painful loss. I am too acquainted with this disease. Both my granddads had it, my dad had it, my mom’s had it, those closest to me have battled it.

So this April 9th, I’m joining the cause and biking 25mi to raise money for collaborative cancer research to cure cancer in our lifetime. Because f*** cancer. Will you join me?


K’s doing it as well if you’d like to support her!: https://support.curebound.org/fundraiser/3644355