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The order of Chinese Names

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Posted by JR on May 19, 2002 at 21:15:18:

I am reading the book "Joy Luck Club", and in one of the chapters, one of the characters is named Huang Taitai. But, Huang is her family name and Taitai is her first name. (In American tradition her name would be Taitai Huang.) Why is this so? Is it a sin of respect?

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