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US News Why there are so few different surnames in China

22:55  17 january  2021
22:55  17 january  2021 Source:   slate.fr

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to make you feel so few in Chinese surname ,I think the main reason is homophone of Chinese characters(the same Pinyin different characters).for example,my surname is Fu, in Chinese is 符,my surname is not known by most of Chinese people,because in China , there are only more than one

That’s the reason why there are so many Chinese characters -for there are so many things you can draw! And so, there is no need to surprise when you Another fact is also contribute to the uncommon surname . As we all know, China is a diversity country composed by more than fifty different

Deuxième jour de célébration du Nouvel An Lunaire, Hangzhou, 2018 | Johannes EISELE / AFP © Second day of Lunar New Year celebration, Hangzhou, 2018 | Johannes EISELE / AFP Second day of Lunar New Year celebration, Hangzhou, 2018 | Johannes EISELE / AFP

"If you meet a random person on the Chinese streets, there is a good chance that their last name is Wang, Li, Zhang, Liu or Chen", explains Jessie Yeung , reporter of CNN based in Hong Kong. These are the last names of a third of the Chinese population, or 433 million people according to official government figures.

While China is one of the most populous countries in the world, it is also one of the countries with the lowest diversity of family names. About 6,000 are used and 86% of the population has around 100 of them. By comparison,

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Chinese surnames are used by Han Chinese and Sinicized ethnic groups in China , Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and among overseas Chinese communities around the world such as Singapore and Malaysia .

Koreans adopted Chinese style surnames (typically one syllable, based on Chinese characters, such as Kim, Yi, Park etc.) on a large scale only much A number of surnames became popular and were used as a result. Thats why there are so many Koreans with the same surname in modern Korea

Why are you called? Throughout its long history, up to

23,000 surnames have been recorded in China. Several reasons explain their disappearance. Names have been imposed by certain dynasties on ethnic minorities and nomads; some names which used rarer characters were dropped for ease.

China being a very old country, it is also the perfect demonstration of the

Galton-Watson process : the phenomenon of the natural disappearance of surnames by the concentration of the population and the abandonment by women of their birth name.

For several decades, the disappearance of Chinese surnames has been accelerated by the use of new technologies. The daily life of the Chinese is based on computer systems that operate with a limited number of characters. Without a digital identity, it is not possible to live normally, to open a bank account, to make a ticket reservation, to make an appointment with the doctor.

Many people whose last names contained characters unknown to computer systems made the choice, more or less painful, to change them. Sometimes this change of surname is complex since some old documents, written by hand, such as diplomas, no longer have the same name.

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