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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Name Not on Our List? Change It, China Says

Name Not on Our List? Change It, China Says - from the NY Times.
Fascinating article! China is changing to a computerized ID card, unfortunately the system only supports 32,252 of the 55,000 Chinese Characters... So for the 60 Million Chinese with names that are not supported, you can't get a new ID Card unless you change your name!

China's government is also going to push a standardized list of names with 8000 characters. A 100 surnames cover 85% of all Chinese. In the US, 70,000 surnames cover 90% of Americans.

I admit, it's refreshing that I have not met any other people outside of my family yet (my Father has the same name, which can be annoying at times, especially if your credit reports get mixed...). And going to School there were not many Raymond's either.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It Sounds like China is jumping into the Computer age without being able to support it. I can't begin to imagine how 60 million name changes will bog down the other registration systems. If the name registration system is not computerized, it means waiting in line everyday, all day (with no breaks) for months and months just to make the attempt. The result is likely not assured either. ~how disfortunate.

April 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who has been involved in creating a name, knows what's involved. But if that means nothing to a computer, why not change one more? Change: The Peoples Republic of China to The Computers Republic of China!

April 30, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

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