I'm publishing papers soon/entering grad school, and I'm considering whether or not to legally change my last name before I get into specializing. My last name is Wang, which is a very common Chinese last name, and in Western (and presently most) academics, mathematicians are known by their last name: "Prof. Elkies", "Euler's identity", "Cauchy integral formula", "Calabi-Yau manifolds", etc. The problem is that Asian last names, which tend to be very simple and extremely common, aren't intended to be addressed by their last name in a formal setting anyways. Consider Ngo Bau Chau (fundamental lemma anyone? :D), who is formally addressed as Prof. Chau, his first name. However, because I'm a US citizen rather than foreign, I'd rather not be addressed formally by my first name. And because I'm much more westernized than foreign, I'd also rather not be addressed as "Dr. Wang" or "Prof. Wang" (I picture some old chinese professor with an accent; also not to mention the wordplay involved in my last name). See the dilemma? Anyone have any advice? I might just slightly alter my last name by adding a syllable/suffix or something. This doesn't seem uncommon when immigrants anglicize their names for example and my family is fine with it. Any advice about altering my last name?