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  1. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Haiwaiian woman wins fight to get 36-character surname on identity cards

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 08:45pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Honolulu Hawaiian resident wins campaign for identity cards to take 36-charatcter surname ID card victory for woman with long name A Hawaiian woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally got it to fit on her driving licence and state identification cards after campaigning for the change. Janice "Lokelani", who has a surname consisting ...

  2. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: What's in a Surname?, by David McKie

    Posted Sep 15th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... Sam Leith What's in a Surname? A Journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker by David McKie Random House 3 stars Sam Leith What's in a Surname? is in part a social history of surnames ... with William Camden, the 16th-century English researcher "whose findings on surnames would not be greatly enhanced for centuries afterwards". It's to the Normans that the British owe ...

  3. News - China

    China's parents warned to 'respect social morality' when naming their children

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 03:42pm by Angela Meng

    ... Angela Meng angela.meng@scmp.com Parents warned over 'exotic' surnames Parents have been warned to "respect social morality" and not damage the public interest when giving their children surnames amid growing concern about the rise of "exotic" names. The comments from Xin Chunying, deputy head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National ...

  4. It's Lee and Li, not Smith, that dominate the surname rankings

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Petti Fong

    ... Petti Fong Vancouver What's in a name? In Vancouver, it's evidence of the changing face of the city. A popular game in town these days is figuring out where your surname ranks among those of other Vancouver residents. In the past few weeks, The Vancouver Sun newspaper's website has received more than 100,000 visitors to its new database of surnames ...

  5. Hounded families to shed hated surname

    Posted Aug 12th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... to change their family name. Last September, a Public Security Bureau branch in the province's Shangzhou district received 544 name-change applications from people surnamed Gou, which ... to change their surname from Jing to Gou during a visit to the region. Jing, which means respect, was not a name that the emperor could call another person as it would imply that he was looking up ...

  6. If your surname is Li, join the crowd

    Posted Jan 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in common: the No 1 surname in China. The latest survey of family names by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Genetics found that Li continues to top the mainland's surname list, ... mainland cities and counties over the past two years, and involved the cataloguing of 4,100 surnames. Professor Yuan said the drop in the percentage of Lis was due to an increase in the sample ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - RETAILING

    Hard-hit small retailers in Causeway Bay seek short-term rent cuts

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 05:25pm by Sandy Li

    ... for nearly a month. I don't know how to pay the rent if business continues to drop next month," said a shopkeeper surnamed Cheung, who for 10 years has rented an 80 sq ft outlet ... takings were still down 20 per cent compared with trade before the street protests erupted at the end of September. A few shops away in the same mall, a retailer surnamed Chan works at a 100 sq ft ...

  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani drops his Pashtun name from official documents

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 11:14am by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who took office on September 29, has instructed his government to remove his tribal Pashtun name from all official documents Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has removed his tribal Pashtun surname “Ahmadzai” from all official documents, a spokesman told reporters on Thursday. “The chairman of the Office of Administrative ...

  9. News - China - PEOPLE TRAFFICKING

    Chinese parents jailed for selling their newborn son for 80,000 yuan

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 03:08pm by He Huifeng

    ... He Huifeng huifeng.he@scmp.com A Guangdong couple have been sentenced to prison for selling their newborn son to a stranger for 80,000 yuan (HK$100,900). The mother, surnamed Xiao, received a five-year sentence from the Xiangzhou district court in Zhuhai, the Guangzhou Daily reported on Wednesday. The husband, surnamed Wu, was sentenced to three years in jail with a four-year ...

  10. News - China Insider - SOCIETY

    11 arrested for tomb-raiding and selling women's corpses for 'ghost marriage' rituals

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 02:28pm by Chris Luo

    ... today in rural areas of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Hebei and Guangdong provinces. The lead suspect, identified by the surname Wang, said the fresher the bodies, the more they were worth. “Years-old ...




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