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In Search of Your Asian Roots : Genealogical Research on Chinese Surnames

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ISBN-13: 978-0806349466
ISBN-10: 0806349468
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Listing names, important terms, and titles in English and Chinese, this reference work categorizes and discusses the origins of 622 Chinese surnames. In addition, it has introductory material, a history of surnames, long bibliographies of works in Chinese and English, and some Chinese history. In an interesting chapter on the history and origin of Chinese surnames, Chao, a librarian at Baruch College in New York, particularly notes that a handful of names (Li, Wang, Chang, Liu, Chao, Yen, Ch'en, Sun, Ma, and Wu) are by far the most common of hundreds of surnames. Given names, of course, are a matter of family choice and not based on precedent. Chao does not note the meanings of names unless the meaning is involved in the origin, and she distinguishes different listings (the five different Chung listings, for example) by their Chinese characters. This reference, which seems very complete and up to date, should be useful for Chinese Americans searching for their roots, although Chao assumes some knowledge of written Chinese. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries serving a large Chinese population.DKitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY
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About the Author

SHEAU-YUEH J. CHAO is an associate professor at Baruch College, CUNY, as well as a business librarian and the head of cataloging in the librarys collection management division.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Clearfield (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806349468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806349466
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Search of Your Asian Roots: Genealogical Research on Chinese Surnames appeared some time ago but deserves ongoing recommendation as a unique coverage - one of the few - to focus on the special challenges of researching Asian archives. Names and titles are listed in both Chinese and English, discussing the origins of some six hundred surnames and adding in Chinese history which traces the changes to these surname styles over the centuries. It's simply an essential 'must have' reference for any conducting more than a casual investigation into Asian family history.

Diane C. Donovan

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