Oh, Chinese names!

There are about one hundred widely used family names. The five most common surnames are Chang (Chan in Cantonese), Wang (Wong in Cantonese), Li (Lee in Cantonese), Zhang (Cheung in Cantonese) and Liu (Law in Cantonese). Although many of the surnames may be pronounced the same, the Chinese characters can be different. In China, the family name precedes the given name, which is occasionally followed by the second name or the western equivalent of a first name. For example, Wang Li would be called Mr. Wang, and Li would be his given name. But wait, some Chinese will switch the order of their names when they are dealing with foreigners. In addition, married women rarely take their husband’s family name.