China Proposes Combining Surnames

June 12, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Posted in China, 語言, 语言, Language, News, 新聞, 新闻, 中国, 中國 | 4 Comments

June 12 2007 BBC News

Chinese officials are considering measures to expand the number of surnames in the country in order to prevent confusion, state media says.

At the moment around 85% of China’s 1.3bn residents share around 100 surnames, a survey in April by the Ministry of Public Security found.

The most popular name, Wang, is shared by some 93 million people.

Now the ministry wants to give parents the option of combining both surnames for their children, China Daily said.

“If a father’s family name is Zhou, and the mother, Zhu, the baby could have four options for the surname: Zhou, Zhu, Zhouzhu or Zhuzhou,” the newspaper said.

This could create around 1.28m new surnames, said Guan Xihua, a household registration officer with the Beijing public security bureau.

The prevalence of some surnames caused problems in daily life and more of them would reduce repetition, she said.

In addition to Wang, some 92 million people are called Li, while another 88 million are called Zhang, the survey in April found.

More than 100,000 people share China’s most popular name, Wang Tao, another report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found.

The ministry is now circulating a new draft regulation, that would allow couples to go for the doubled option, to police departments around the country for their comments, the daily said.

I don’t think this idea’s going to fly. Chinese people put a lot of pride and importance in their last names. It seems unlikely they would go around adding a character here and there. The Chinese culture has already suffered a lot under the CCP’s rule, I didn’t think it was possible for them to mess it up some more.


How to Type in Traditional Chinese Using Hanyu Pinyin

April 22, 2007 at 12:54 pm | Posted in China, Language, Taiwan, 台灣, 台湾, 中国, 中國 | 62 Comments

Microsoft Windows XP

1. Click on “Start” and then click on “Control Panels”

2. Double-click on “Regional and Language Options”


3. Click on the “Languages” tab


4. Click on “Details…”


5. Click on “Add…”


6. Configure your settings to match the image above

7. Click on “OK”


8. Click on “Apply” and then click on “OK”

9. Press Ctrl-Space to toggle input language to “Chinese (Taiwan)”


10. Right-click on “CH” and then click on “Restore the Language Bar”


11. Click on “Tools” and then click on “Properties”


12. Click on the “Keyboard Mapping” tab


13. Select “HanYu Pinyin” and then click on “OK”

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