About me

During classical times in China, people (men) had a family name, a given name and a formal name. The formal name was typically given by a teacher or ones parents, but not many women were given such name, if at all a given name. I have always had an interest in classical Chinese culture, so I decided to get a formal name — Yuli 玉立, 玉 means jade and 立 means to stand, or standing straight. It was given to me by my teacher who got inspired by my given name which means jade-like stone, the Chinese idiom 亭亭玉立 (meaning slim and graceful) and her hopes for me to always stand up again when I fall down.