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I'm writing a story set in china, and so I've been reading novels that are set there. I noticed that the Chinese characters names, particularly the girls, are often things like 'magic gourd', or 'snow flower'. This strikes me as sort of odd, like if we called someone named Elizabeth 'oath of god'. Its what their name means, not what it is. It bugs me, but Amy Tan uses it, so I'm not sure whether its ok, or preferred, or a style thing, or what. any advice?