Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Little Piece of Chinese Culture - Names


Photo Credit: Jesus Arpon
The Chinese put their family names first, followed by their given names. That is, last name first, first name last :). When introducing themselves, the Chinese start with their family name.
 
For example, Mao Zedong 's family name is Mao, and Zedong is his given name. With this convention, I would introduce myself as Leroux Marie-Claude; the American president would introduce himself as Obama Barack; and one of our beloved fictional heroes would introduce himself as Potter, Harry.
 
It's funny how surprised we were about this simple difference. Sometimes you don't realize what your assumptions of "normal convention" is until you find out about someone else's.

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