Too much Victor Mair

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I've been reading way too much Victor Mair. In the restaurant of my hotel in London I just saw an English girl wearing a T-shirt on which it said this:


And I immediately thought, who is Ho Pe?

Not a Chinese name, I decided; more like Vietnamese (think of Ho Chi Minh, for example, though Ho was not his birth name), or more likely Burmese (there was a famous linguist named Hla Pe). But why would a girl in London have a Burmese personal name on her T-shirt?

Considering that I have almost no knowledge of Asian languages, and I'm in England, and the T-shirt slogan was in English, my willingness to think so readily in terms of Asian languages was rather surprising. And I blame Victor Mair.

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