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Chinese Naming Conventions, Demystified

Chinese naming conventions aren’t always clear-cut. Learn how to make introductions and properly address your colleagues with confidence.

Confused by Chinese naming conventions, how to make introductions, or how to address business contacts? In China, the family name usually comes before the given name, but the situation is not always clear-cut; local variations of names and Chinese names combined with Western names can trip up even the most conscientious individual. We’ll help you distinguish between given names and family names, teaching you how to properly address your colleagues so you can make an excellent first impression when doing business in China.