28 May 2024

Why Chinese migrants change their names when they emigrate

From Afternoons, 1:31 pm on 28 May 2024

Names are a vital part of our identity. They're the first sounds we learn to recognise. And they carry cultural, familial and historical connections.

We often have multiple layers of names and nicknames for different groups and situations.

But increasingly many given those as a child are choosing - when they grow up - to revert back to their Chinese names.

Waikato times reporter Ke Xin - went through 5 names before coming back to her Chinese name. She speaks to Jesse about the phenomenon and cultural expectations.


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