Chinese Guy named Kanthaswami

How a Chinese 🇨🇳 guy ended up with a Tamil 🇮🇳 name in Canada 🇨🇦

I met a Chinese man in Niagara Falls who had come over from the Toronto side and was surprised to know that his name was Kanthaswami.

I asked him, "How did you get a name like that, being a Chinese?"

He said, "Long years ago when I came to Canada, I was standing in line at the Political Asylums Immigration Counter. The man ahead of me was a Lankan Tamil refugee."

The Canadian lady at the counter looked at him and asked "What is your name?". He replied, "Kanthaswami”.

After processing his papers, she looked at me and asked, "What's your name?"

I said, "Sem Ting".