Curious about Jennifer 8. Lee’s name? The former New York Times reporter explains it in a 1996 Boston Globe piece, which was posted over the weekend on Quora.
When my family realized I was one of about 10,000 Jennifer Lees in the United States (at least 70 in New York City, where I’m from) the adoption of a middle initial seemed to be in order. And appealing to Chinese superstition, we arrived at a natural choice: the number 8. My identity has not been confused since.