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It is possible, for a Chinese to have a first name longer than 2 characters. I had a classmate like that, but I don't think I should reveal his name here. It is fully legal and proper, and is becoming more widely accepted in recent years. However, this wasn't common when you date back. If you look for materials talking about China and Han (汉) people more ...


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One thing I am surprised no one has mentioned is that there are a number of characters that are standardly used to transliterate foreign words. I think some characters are chosen for this purpose because they are simple and common, some because they are particularly useful for transcribing certain foreign sound combos, some because they are otherwise rare ...



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