Introduction (Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity)

Anthony Reid, Charles J-H Macdonald

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPersonal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity
    Editors Zheng Yangwen and Charles J-H MacDonald
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNUS Press - National University of Singapore
    ISBN (Print)9789971693800
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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