09/02/2010 // Beijing , China // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Beijing – A group of villagers in China have been forced to change their family name because it cannot be typed. As reported by Reuters, approximately 200 individuals in Shandong province whose surname is Shan have been impacted by the issue, with Xian becoming their registered name on identity cards and other official documents.
As noted in the report, the issue has sparked widespread debate regarding why word processing programs in the country cannot be modified to include the untypable surname.
Villager Xian Xuexin is quoted in the report as stating of the matter to state television, “Nobody wants to do it, but under the circumstances we have no choice… It causes a lot of problems when people see the surname on old documents and new documents is not the same.”
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