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Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:25 am

Watching some highlights this morning I noticed that all the players in sports that are from the far East have their first names on their jerseys and not their last name.

What's up with that????

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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:34 am

Hoser wrote:
What's up with that????

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_name
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:31 pm

mattsteg is probably right. An example would help though.
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:39 pm

mortifiedPenguin wrote:
mattsteg is probably right. An example would help though.

Yao Ming. Yao is his family surname; Ming is his given name.
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:42 pm

It's the same for Japanese and probably several other East-Asian countries.
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:46 pm

Oh yeah, that is correct. I just wanted Hoser to give an example of what he was talking about.

edit: thought I'd mention an observation. I noticed that during the Olympics last year that the commentators often referred to the Chinese athletes by their "first" (personal) names rather than the correct surname even though they referred to western athletes by their surnames.
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:52 pm

mortifiedPenguin wrote:
edit: thought I'd mention an observation. I noticed that during the Olympics last year that the commentators often referred to the Chinese athletes by their "first" (personal) names rather than the correct surname even though they referred to western athletes by their surnames.

Never underestimate the lack of cultural knowledge displayed by network TV crews. :wink:
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:01 pm

Interestingly enough, on a recent rerun of some Olympic Coverage, I saw that the scoreboards properly all caps the surname while leaving the personal name "regular". You'd think if they got that right...
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Re: Something I just noticed

Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:09 pm

Obsidian wrote:
It's the same for Japanese and probably several other East-Asian countries.


Yep. The grandmaster of our martial art (as well as any other Japanese for that matter) have their names printed both ways, it confused me at first.
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