Here's an interesting trend this Chinese American guy picked up on upon moving back to China. The Texas legislator mentioned got hosed for suggesting Asian minorities in the USA adopt "American" names. But while I agree her remarks were insensitive and ignorant, I also found it completely ironic that such a suggestion would be acceptable, normal, or even trendy to do such a thing in Asia.
Like the author in China, I too noticed a similar trend here in Korea, as I have several students who insist upon me calling them by some generic English or vaguely Western name. While I don't think the trend is quite so out of control in the Korean Peninsula as the author suggests things are in China, like him I puzzled about it for a bit.
To my supreme bewilderment at work one day, a co-worker begged me several times to give her an appropriate "English" name. I eventually dubbed her Tiffany. I've other friends, students and acquaintances who go by everything from Tony, Sonny, Carrie, Steve, Ivy, Amy, Jack, etc.
Only fair then, that I should have a Korean name! So I ran across this dumb facebook application that tells you your Korean name. My Korean name is now: Shin Il. I think it suits me quite nicely. Comments?