Most denizens of what passes for the “International Community” presume that there is a normative global system, comprising a family name and one or more given names. Most countries and international organizations require new members to fill out a form on that basis. We know that important national systems in Asia list the family name first, and those of European derivation list it last, but that is understood as a variation of a fundamental system, “natural” in its universality.
|Title of host publication
|Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity
|Zheng Yangwen and Charles J-H MacDonald
|Place of Publication
|NUS Press - National University of Singapore
|Published - 2010