Tuesday, June 12, 2007

It Had to Happen Eventually

Too many Wangs as China runs out of names
The world's most populous nation is running out of names, according to a Chinese government report.

According to popular folklore, Chinese people should take their surnames from a list of 100 names.

But as the country's population continues to soar, the excess of Wangs, Lis and Zhangs is leading to confusion.

There are now 93,000 people called Wang Tao alone, the China Daily newspaper said in reporting the review by the Ministry of Public Security, the police service, which handles identity registration.


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