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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2004, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Why do all the Chinese players' surnames and forenames get mixed up all the time?
Peng Shuai in called Shuai Peng, Zheng Jie is called Jie Zheng. Which is correct?
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Also which chinese players do you like best?

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This question always seems to pop up.

In China, they are addressed by surname first. So Jie Zheng, thus becomes Zheng Jie.

My favourite Chineseplayer is Na Li
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This question gets asked now as often as people asking why Maria is called Masha etc
A sign of good things for Chinese tennis I guess!

I like all the Chinese players but my favourite is Tian Tian Sun.
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yah my name is zhao ying so i can imagine myself being addressed as ying zhao in the west

anyway chinese are addressed by their surnames/first name first...
btw Li Na is my fave right now...
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The easiest way to remember is to put the surname in capital letters

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I like Tian Tian Sun, Sun Tian Tian? Tian Sun Tian?
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Thanks guys I won'y have to ask anymore

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I asked that question (why do Chinese names keep swapping round),to the owner of the local Chinese takeaway when the Olympics was on, and he said Chinese people put their surname first.
So the 110m Hurdles champ's names is Xiang Liu, or is it Liu Xiang?
Trouble is, I'm not sure which is his family name and which is his given name.
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We call him Liu Xiang.
Liu is his surname.
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When I was a little, my question was
"Why western people switch their last name and first name!?!? First name first is soooo weird."

That was my question!!

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I didnt know they also did it in Japan. Interesting. Is it all Asian countries then? I dont think they do it in Thailand.
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Originally Posted by rwb196
...yet I have never seen Mao Tse-Tung refered to as Tse-Tung Mao in any context, how come we can get this right but the sportsmen/women wrong all the time!

I personally favour the idea of capitalising chinese family names so we would see -

LI Na
ZHENG Jie
LIU Xiang

etc.

The first question any ignorant westener would automatically ask is "why is the first name in capitals?" then their better informed friend would tell them "because that's the family name, in chinese the family names comes first"

result = end of confusion :-)
Why stop there? We can all capitalise our names so that Chinese people can understand our system....

e.g. KIM Clijsters, CHANDA Rubin, ROGER Federer.

This could take off

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I guess by this thread, it means that the Chinese are coming. Who will be the chinese sex symbol? Who will be the chinese LIndsay or the Chinese Serena? Maybe the chinese E.Dementia...come on, there are a lot of threads we can create based on the new brigade.

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no not all asian countries do this lol...

comig from a filipino origin we don't... but the thing we do is we keep our mothers maiden name...

so say Mark Valencia and Christina Balmores

if they named their girl Katrina



it would be Katrina Balmores Valencia


other filo's back me up??

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