Asia, Far East, news and analysis Times Online, The Times, Sunday Times

Asia, Far East, news and analysis Times Online, The Times, Sunday Times: “The Ministry of Public Security has drawn up new rules and babies’ names must in future be drawn from a database that excludes thousands of rare Chinese characters. Out go indecipherable names. With the introduction of electronic identity cards, the authorities will register only names that they decide to include on their database.”

In other words: a new controlled vocabulary of characters (imposed by technology standardization) means you can’t call your kid what you want anymore.

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