Ethnic minority community names kids after Korean TV stars, mobile phone makers

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Residents of a mountainous district in the Central Highlands province of Quang Ngai are naming their children after their favorite Korean actors and actresses, and even mobile phone producers.

Children of the ethnic minority people of Ca Dong in Son Tay District now carry names like Dinh Nokia, Dinh Motorola and Dinh Sam Sung. Meanwhile, those whose parents are fans of South Korean television series have names like Dinh Ka Ki Wel or Dinh Un Giun Zo.

Le Hoai Thanh, chief of Son Tay District's education division, said it is the parents' right o name their children, but local authorities need to talk to them about choosing names that are suitable to their traditional culture.

About two years before, local media also reported the trend of naming children after Korean actors and actresses among the ethnic minority people of Co Tu in the central province of Quang Nam.

The district's authorities then organized activities to increase locals' awareness about naming their children in accordance with traditions, and these have reportedly stemmed the trend.

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