Friday, November 25, 2011

What's In A Chinese Name?

Four-letter names

Updated: 2011-11-25 07:35

By Chen Yingqun (China Daily)

 President Obama's brother signs books in Beijing.

Personal names in China are different compared with Western cultures, with the family name coming first followed by the given names. Most Chinese family names have only one character, while given names generally have one or two.

In ancient times after a child was born the family would first go to the ancestral temple and burn joss sticks in a tribute to their forefathers. Then the child's father, or grandfather, or some knowledgeable person in the clan, would name the child according to his or her offshoot and connection to the family.
There were about 20,000 family names in ancient times, but now there are only about 4,000, Wang says. However, only about 100 family names are used by 85 percent of the population, he says.

The top 10 most commonly used family names are: Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu, Chen, Yang, Huang, Zhao, Wu and Zhou.

Monday, November 14, 2011

APEC 2011 Wreaks Havoc on Oahu traffic

I have been working at APEC 2011 all week and I can tell you, it has had some great moments and some horrific ones, beginning with a Federal agent killing a local person at a McDonalds in Waikiki before the event even got started.  I worked inside the security zone for the entire event including high level security at the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon, where President Obama and high level State Department officials stayed and at the Hale Koa Hotel, where all 21 leaders met.  Right now I am tired from being in the hot sun for the last 10 days or more but here are a couple of pictures.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon

Monday, November 7, 2011

Rare Chinese art donated by East-West Center leader found in storeroom

ANN ARBOR, Mich. >> Propaganda pieces produced in China four decades ago during the Cultural Revolution, donated by former East-West Center president Michael Oksenberg, have been unearthed in a storage room at the University of Michigan — a rare find in either the U.S. or its country of origin, experts said.

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