Monday, November 05, 2012

Daily Links, Monday, November 5th, 2012

Ershuei and Tianzhong are speckled with Japanese-era buildings. This one is in Tianzhong.

The week yields....


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Anonymous said...

>>Half of all Taiwanese share just ten surnames.

I've noticed that people in East Asia have a limited pool of surnames while those in the West have a limited one of given names.

As well, people in East Asia have a huge pool of (theoretically, hundreds of millions of) given names while the Westerners have a large pool of surnames.

At our office of 45 predominantly male coworkers (software company), we have six Michaels, six Chris' and five Davids on paper.

They asked to be called "Mike", "Michael", "Chris", "Christopher", "David" and "Dave". Still there are not enough variations to give each an individual identity by first name.

In practice, we often call them by their last name.

You might be familiar with the situation, "Michael".

Kaminoge said...

Japan seems to be the exception (again) in East Asia:

"Japanese family names are extremely varied: according to estimates, there are over 100,000 different surnames in use today in Japan...This diversity is in stark contrast to the situation in other Sinosphere nations, there being very few Chinese surnames (a few hundred common, 20 comprise half the population), and similarly Korean names (250 names, of which 3 comprise almost half the population) and Vietnamese names (about 100 family names, of which 3 comprise 60% of the population). This reflects different history: while Chinese surnames have been in use for millennia and were often reflective of an entire clan or adopted from nobles (without any genetic relationship) – and were thence transferred to Korea and Vietnam via noble names, modern Japanese family names date only to the 19th century, following the Meiji restoration, and were chosen creatively. The recent introduction of surnames has two additional effects: Japanese names became widespread when the country had a very large population (over 30,000,000 during the early Meiji era – see Demographics of Imperial Japan) instead of dating to ancient times (population estimated at 300,000 in 1 CE, for instance – see Demographics of Japan before Meiji Restoration), and since little time has passed, Japanese names have not experienced as significant surname extinction as has occurred in the much longer history in China."