RDA 188.8.131.52 says, inter alia, "lf a name consists of a surname followed by other parts of the name, record the surname and follow it by a comma and the parts of the name that follow it." We do this also with Chinese names. I'm not sure why we do this, since in a Western name, the comma usually indicates the name has been inverted.
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> From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging
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> Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 09:54
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> Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Cambodian list
> Here's what our SE Asian bibliographer told me about Cambodian names:
> James L. Woods
> Head, Original Cataloging Unit
> 312 Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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> Cambodian names should be last name, then first name with no
> comma, at least for those writing as Cambodians in Cambodia
> (vs. Cambodian-Americans, say, where they'll undoubtedly
> adopt the "English" practice of inserting a comma)
> - The work by the author in question here -- Chum Mey -- is
> a Cambodian publication.
> - Yes, Chum = the surname.
> - The Mey or Manh matter is analogous, as it were, to
> anyone's being called by more than one first name . . .
> English included.
> - As for establishing this person's name, I guess it needs
> to be
> Chum Mey as it appears in the book, but with a cross-ref.
> to the "given" name
> Chum Manh as the author referenced
> Other exs. For Pol Pot, the infamous Khmer Rouge leader, the
> authority record is
> Pol Pot
> Chum Ngek = another authorized name
> Unfortunately, there IS inconsistency since no real rule
> seems to exist for Cambodian names, unlike for Lao & Thai
> ones, which are similar in being in direct order without a
> On 6/13/2013 4:15 PM, Jennifer Lobb wrote:
> > HI everyone,
> > I am hoping that someone can help me with a Cambodian name.
> > On the title page it says Chum Mey
> > on page 9, it says "in my village people called me Chum
> > Manh, but since I first came to Phnom Penh, I have been
> > called Chum Mey.
> > So is his name
> > Chum Mey
> > Mey, Chum
> > or possibly Chum, Mey
> > with a cross-reference from Chum Manh in some sort of form
> > or another...
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> > Thanks.
> > Jenny