Re: Chinese forced to change their name hanzi

From: George W Gerrity (
Date: Wed Apr 22 2009 - 02:52:01 CDT

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    On 2009-04-22, at 16:44, Julian Bradfield wrote:

    > On 2009-04-21, John H. Jenkins <> wrote:
    >> But I'm sure that your suspicions about the limitations of US and UK
    >> systems are correct. I'm willing to bet that I would be unable to
    >> legally change my name to 井作恆, which is a perfectly legitimate
    >> name, let alone ??? ???????. (One of the
    > In the UK, at least, you can change your name to amything you like.
    > However, if you want some government-backed identification document,
    > such as a passport, you'll have to choose an ASCII representation of
    > it. If you want to deal with banks, shops or anybody else, you'll also
    > need such a thing. Don't get hung up on the idea that you only have
    > one name.

    I would be extremely surprised if there are no limitations on what one
    might choose for a name change: they would be the same as those for
    parents registering a child's name. For instance, the registry
    wouldn't allow the name “Dirty Bastard”.

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