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J.K. Rowling Has Some Explaining To Do About Her Chinese Character!

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Rachel Rostad is pretty badass at slam poetry, so we'll get that out of the way first and foremost!

Secondly, she makes some VERY good points in an open letter/poem to J.K. Rowling about the ONLY Chinese character in Harry Potter — and namely how her name doesn't make very much sense!

In a book that has completely made up worlds, creatures, characters, words, and EVERYTHING beautiful about the series, we never realized how kinda messed up it is to name the only Chinese character Cho Chang! Why? Because it's is a combination of two Korean last names!

You know, kinda like finding a Frenchmen named 'García Sánchez!'

At least that's the example that Rachel gives in rousing few minutes worth everybody's time (above)!

What say you, J.K.?? What say you, fans??

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30 comments to “J.K. Rowling Has Some Explaining To Do About Her Chinese Character!”

  1. Flinders says – reply to this


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    Wow, that IS kinda messed up.


    *big fucking eye roll*



  2. 2

    that was pretty good. Good for her



  3. 3

    poor girl is all mixed up. Cho and Chang are perfectly Chinese. Chang is a very common Chinese surname. Cho mean «Autumn».

    Perez don't you EVER do ANY research ?

  4. bond says – reply to this


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    @overthere: the right spelling for the Chinese name is Zhang. Chang (sic) is rare to find as Chinese surnames.

  5. HP fan says – reply to this


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    I'm not surprised because although I love Harry Potter I have to say that she only did her research when 'borrowing' creatures from other cultures and barely even changed them. However, for the Bulgarian character Victor Krum, his name is completely wrong. No one has 2 names in Bulgaria. His name should either be Victor Krumov (Krumov will be the family name) or Krum Victorov. It's kind of obvious how she chose it because Krum is like one of the most famous kings of Bulgaria and Victor is a more Russian name. One google browse and it was done I guess. I still love her compilation of the whole thing though besides the story I doubt she thought herself of any of the magic or magical creatures.

  6. Notanidiot says – reply to this


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    Re: overthere – Well it wasn't him that said it… the girl in the video did.

  7. Farida Mestek says – reply to this


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    It's kind of pointless, because J.K. Rowling doesn't say anywhere in the book that Cho is actually Chinese.



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    Re: bond – I thought Chang was Taiwan spelling of Zhang?

  9. Bill says – reply to this


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    Chang is actually a Cantonese name. This girl posted another video apologizing and correcting her mistake from this one.



  10. 10

    Cho Chang is a perfectly acceptable name in the Cantonese dialect of Chinese.

  11. A says – reply to this


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    Woopdee do.



  12. 12

    Re: bond – Chang is not rare at all. Google a bit. You'll see. The girl is wrong.



  13. 13

    Re: Notanidiot – Yes, but he posted the thing as if it was a scientific fact. He never checked.



  14. 14

    It's really annoying when has-been brats like this bite the hand that feeds them. I don't remember reading Harry Potter and thinking, "Hmmmm, I wonder what ethnic group this character belongs to?" BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER. Books are all about imagination and how the reader interprets it. The lack of Chinese characters in the book obviously didn't stop Rachel from starring in the films. After the fact 'issue'. Write another poem and get over it.



  15. 15

    Assumed this girl was the person who played Cho. My mistake. I guess this girl has a right to be angry, but it's still annoying.

  16. Dd says – reply to this


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    OMG this is so stupid its funny! Please perez stop posting things like this

  17. Jasmine says – reply to this


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    Pretty sure it doesn't say what heritage Cho Chang actually has. And people use surnames as first names all the time, "smith" "hunter" "Taylor". JK Rowling can pretty much use any names she wants as it doesn't automatically show their culture or ethnicity. For Krum yes he may be Russian but maybe his parents aren't and he was just born there? Really the girl is racist for making the connection, because by her accent Cho is clearly meant to be British origin so who knows where her parents are from or what influences they have. Don't diss Rowling!

  18. Ashley W. says – reply to this


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    I would suggest posting her REPLY video. she got a lot of backlash from this and apologized for being incorrect on how Cho and Chang are chinese names and cleared a few other stuff suggesting she wasn't pointing at just Rowling, but society in general. This article is very misleading to your readers.

  19. maria says – reply to this


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    Where does it say in the book that shes chinese? It's assumed she's of some Asian/oriental descent but thats all haha which is most likely what J.K Rowling will say, if she says anything at all

  20. Lilly says – reply to this


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    Re: Jasmine

    I completely agree for everything else you say, but because I have a Bulgarian heritage I can say that the Krum comment earlier is quite correct. It did state in the book he was Bulgarian, not Russian, so as the other person said it's not that difficult to google Bulgaria and find out what are the names around there. People can be called Ivan Ivanov for example but there is always the 'Ov' suffix at the end for the family name. I really love the book but JK did make quite a few mistakes, which have been admitted by literary critics.

  21. Lilly says – reply to this


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    Re: Jasmine

    I completely agree with the rest of what you said. However, because I have Bulgarian heritage I can say that the previous comment about Krum is right. It is clearly stated in the book that he is Bulgarian, NOT Russian, so his family name has to have the 'Ov' suffix. He could have been called Krum KrumOV as some people do have the same first name and surname, but always with the suffix and there are no double first names. A simple google search would have shown her that. I really don't want to diss JK as I love her books, but many literary critics have discovered lots of mistakes in her novels.



  22. 22

    Yeah, shame on J.K. Rowling attempting to bring other races to Hogwarts. Apparently that was just opening up a can of worms. If she had just made Harry's love interest white, we wouldn't be having that issue. Shame on this woman for ridiculing ANYONE who tries to reach across racial lines and include anyone. As long as different races continue to punish each other for things like this, Selena Gomez dancing with a bindi, and Michele Williams in a headdress, it will become easier just to remain separate but equal. And how did that end up last time, again?

  23. Hayley says – reply to this


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    Yeahhhh bc everything in Harry potter is based on real life things..who gives a shit. it outsold the Bible..JK doesnt have time for this …shes too busy spending her billions.

  24. Mrs. Momoa says – reply to this


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    @joethehobo - You took the words out of my mouth I coud not agree with you more. This girl needs to set down some where and shut up…JK didn't even have to give Cho such a large part in her movies…be quite Missie…

  25. Francisco says – reply to this


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    Firstly, cut that shit out. If you're only noticing those facts now, and feel like Rowling is some kind of racist, you're a huge hypocrit - you never even noticed it! You needed somebody to tell you that!!!!
    Plus, who is claiming that she is the ONLY chinese character? Hogwarts has hundreds of students, and I personally find it offensive that people require to be told the race of every single character. Why can't we take as a fact that there are people of other races there - why do we need to be told??? Do you want writers to tell you that there are 12 chinese characters, plus 7 blacks and 14 caucasians??? If so, you just might be racist…



  26. 26

    Embarrassing for this girl.

  27. Jasmine says – reply to this


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    Re: Lilly – Sorry I did mean to write Bulgarian not Russian! My point was his family may have been from another country and then hence have a different name. I understand that it probably would've been much better if it was accurate but stuff like names and culture aren't important and don't show where a person is from. I have an Arabic heritage and name but I was born and live in Wales, and speak Welsh. I would certainly consider myself Welsh but my name in print certainly does not look Welsh. I agree with Joethehobo!!

  28. Frank says – reply to this


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    Re: HP fan – The Chang sisters in my daughter's Chinese dance class will be surprised to hear this.

  29. SOSICKOFTHEPCBULLSHEET says – reply to this


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    It takes place in England for crying out loud!
    Enough politically correct bs!
    Do Chinese authors always get every single western name right in all of their books? (Who cares!)
    So irritating, this victim mentality and pc garbage!
    Its a freaking book, you simpleton nobody rostad who ever heard of you! This will be the last time I do hear about you, I GUARANTEE IT. Way to kill the career you didn't even have, loser.

  30. May says – reply to this


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    What a load of old shit. An invalid argument by an invalid human.