Understanding Chinese Names

These seminars seek to provide academics with a deeper understanding of Chinese names and the culture that influences classroom behaviours and levels of engagement.

The following seminars will be run in 2017 by an external facilitator:

Understanding Chinese Names will be a two hour workshop on the names of people from China and other Chinese-speaking regions. The session will begin with an overview of the core elements of Chinese languages, namely Chinese characters, how characters are converted into the Roman alphabet, Chinese dialects and intonation. The next section will explore names from Mainland China, focussing primarily on pronunciation, but also looking at structure, address, and how names are typically westernised for use in Australia. The final section will look at names from other Chinese-speaking regions, and will cover Chinese names from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Dr. Fiona Price: Facilitator Biography

Dr Fiona Swee-Lin Price is the director and principal trainer of Globalise Consulting, a consultancy that specialises in cultural diversity management. She has a Malaysian Chinese mother and an Anglo-Australian father, speaks Mandarin, and has been working with international student issues in Australian universities for over 20 years. Her publications in the intercultural field include ‘Success with Asian Names’, published in 2007 by Nicholas Brealey, and ‘The HarperCollins International Student Survival Guide’, published in 2015, for which she was the Australian co-author. Fiona’s recent clients include People’s Choice Credit Union, the Adelaide Law School and the Australian Federal Police. She is an award-winning public speaker, and is known for her lively presentation style and her practical approach to cultural diversity.