Alias or 又名

Many overseas Chinese, and increasingly, some of those in China as well, have a westernized name that they adopt in their teenage or adult life. (Some, like my grandchildren were given a name that contains both western as well as Chinese name words in their officials names, so it’s not an alias in the strict sense).

Although you can say that alias and aka ( also known as) are different in that an alias is often found in official documents bearing the persons name, while aka is not mentioned, I will leave that discussion to the academics.

So, a person can be called “Li Shi Kiang” and also have a yòumíng 又名, of Lexus Li. Or maybe yet another yòumíng as “Li the invincible”.

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About Ed Simon

This is my user name as Editor of this blog. Some site visitors may already be acquainted with the different areas of my interest. I am uncertain how I should classify myself. I have lived studied and worked in Malaysia and in the UK for long periods. I have also travelled to many other countries for both work, pleasure, and just "wandering". I leave the postings to tell about my areas of work and interest, so as not to bore you with a lengthy (and probably embellished :-) recount of my triumphs and tribulations.

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