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Ministry changes name regulations for naturalization

By Jenny W. hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Effective today, naturalized citizens can use the romanized version of their original name as well as the characters of their adopted Chinese name on their household registration, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday.

The ministry said that in the past, naturalized citizens could only list their Chinese name on government issued documents.

Naturalized citizens will still be required to have a Chinese name but will be allowed to include the romanized version of the name.

For example, a woman named Mary Smith may choose her own Chinese name and on her household registration and national identification card include the romanized version of the Chinese pronunciation of her English name, such as Mali Shimisi (瑪利史密斯).

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