Ethnography of Singapore Chinese Names: Race, Religion, and Representation

Lee Leng 1
  • 1 Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore

Ethnography of Singapore Chinese Names: Race, Religion, and Representation

Singapore Chinese is part of the Chinese Diaspora. This research shows how Singapore Chinese names reflect the Chinese naming tradition of surnames and generation names, as well as Straits Chinese influence. The names also reflect the beliefs and religion of Singapore Chinese. More significantly, a change of identity and representation is reflected in the names of earlier settlers and Singapore Chinese today. This paper aims to show the general naming traditions of Chinese in Singapore as well as a change in ideology and trends due to globalization.

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