The Waverley family also adopts other American rules such as giving the children American names.
For example, Waverley's mother names her daughter Waverley Place Jong, after the street the family lives on. Waverley uses this important name on official American documents. Her mother likely chose the name because it follows the American tradition of having first and middle names.
The family also adopts the way Americans calculate age. In the text, Waverley tells us that, when the Santa at the First Chinese Baptist Church asks her how old she is, she answers that she is "seven according to the American formula and eight by the Chinese calendar."
Waverley's family also adopts another important American "rule": the importance of discovering truth for oneself. This spirit of independence is greatly cherished by Waverley's mother. When Waverley complains that the rules of chess are confusing, her mother tells her to make sense of it for herself. So, Waverley makes her way to the Chinatown library and borrows some books about chess. Then, she sets out to learn the rules, strategies, and tactics of the game. By doing so, she becomes a national chess champion at nine years old.