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11. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

I know from personal experience in Jakarta, Indonesia, citizens can not have Chinese names on their official papers (such as passport).

It's interesting to note Malaysia & Indonesia are both Muslim countries, and there could be a connection in this regard.

I read in the newspaper recently saying that the Indonesian government has begun to allow the Chinese minority to have Chinese names officially.

12. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

Quoting Zhou

The second character of my name was inherited from a poem written by my forefather. All members of my big family have to take one word into our names in order. So all my cousins have the same word in their names: Ming, which means bright.My father`s generation have their own word. My nieces and nephews are named: Guang, which means light. So the parents have the freedom to name children with just one word.

This is the traditional naming system: The frist character of your name is the family surname; the second character denotes which generation you're in (everybody in the family belonging to same generation would have to same middle name); finally, the third character is your name. Interesting, isn't it?

Yes, it is interesting. My generation name is "Soon" and my generation is the last in the GAN family to practise this generation name thingy although the poem has not come to an end yet. Too bad.

13. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

My family doesn't follow the generation-name method. My mother said she picked my name out of a dictionary (well, okay, she's a Chinese teacher...)

14. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Quoting Hien

BTW, our government also forbid the use of certain characters in our names, i.e. Chinese character of dog, pig, cow, ...

Cheers,
Hien

Interesting! But if it happens in China, I`m sure every Western media will say that the Communists are violating people`s rights and freedom.

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16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

That's very funny. You have a good sense of humour

17. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting Zhou

Quoting Hien

BTW, our government also forbid the use of certain characters in our names, i.e. Chinese character of dog, pig, cow, ...

Cheers,
Hien

Interesting! But if it happens in China, I`m sure every Western media will say that the Communists are violating people`s rights and freedom.

Back in the old days, people here have this superstition that if you named children very good names, it could attract the bad forces to harm them, causing them hard to be raised, and fall sick easily. Thus, they gave their child names or call them nicknames like pig, dog, and cow, hoping that the evil forces will not bother their children. According to the old folks, this has proven to be true in many cases where a child was given a good name but the child have many health problems. The parents had to resort to call their child a nickname and soon the child was back to "normal" again.

On the Malaysian government's unwritten (I think) rule in forbidding the use of certain characters for Chinese names, this was actually agreed upon by most federations of associations and religious bodies representing the Chinese community at that time because they deemed that it was unappropriate to name a child using certain characters.

18. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Hien,

Of course your father and my grandpa too would not get fined! New born baby are disallowed to name in 2 characters! My nephew was born in 2000 ( sister-in-law is from Xiamen) and when she wanted to name the baby as "Lee Jian" - there's NO NO NO from KL till Seremban! Another friend of mine is having the same problem. We checked at many places and the government officers said we would get fined for sure!

Lee

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