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China Daily | Updated:2017-11-28 08:38A COUPLE IN JINAN, capital of Shandong province, wanted to register their daughter with a surname different from that of either of them. The local police rejected their request and a court also later ruled against their request. comments:The Supreme Peoples Court published the case as a guide to all courts nationwide. The reason it gave was, citizens should follow traditional Chinese culture and ethics when registering a name for their children.
That does not mean a child can only have the surname of either his mother or father. Actually, the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress, the nations top legislature, issued a judicial explanation in November 2014 that made clear three conditions under which another surname was permitted: First, selecting a surname of another immediate family member, such as the maternal grandmother; second, selecting the name of the adopter in case of adoption; third, other conditions not contrary to traditions.
According to the Supreme Peoples Court, the move of the parents does not belong to “other conditions”. In China, the surname of a person tells which family a person comes from. More importantly, it is deeply associated with the order of the society.
If ones surname could be changed at will, that will not only deal a blow to the family lineage, but also challenge the normal order of the society and the traditional culture.
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