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Salmon Chaos: Why People of Taiwan are changing their names to ‘salmon’?

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Manish Saini
Manish works as a Journalist and writer at Revyuh.com. He has studied Political Science and graduated from Delhi University. He is a Political engineer, fascinated by politics, and traditional businesses. He is also attached to many NGO's in the country and helping poor children to get the basic education. Email: Manish (at) revyuh (dot) com

People of Taiwan are being requested not to change their names to ‘salmon’ after 150 people made the surprising move to receive free sushi.

Hundreds of people have approached government offices this week to make a change in their name, in a phenomenon called ‘Salmon Chaos’.

This all began when a sushi restaurant chain started offering an all-you-can-eat menu for anyone, whose ID card contained ‘Gui Yu’ – the Chinese word for salmon.

Salmon Prince’, ‘Meteor Salmon King’ and ‘Salmon Fried Rice’ are few names reported by local media based on new salmon theme.

The two-day offer includes free sushi for the customer with five friends, but it has left Taiwanese officials unamused.

People of Taiwan are allowed to officially change their name up to three times.

‘This kind of name-change not only wastes time but causes unnecessary paperwork,’ deputy interior minister Chen Tsung-yen said as he urged the public to ‘cherish administrative resources’.

He added: ‘I hope everyone can be more rational about it’

One college student who jumped at the chance for free sushi now has a name that roughly translates as ‘Explosive Good Looking Salmon’.

He said: ‘I just changed my name this morning to add the characters ‘Bao Cheng Gui Yu. We already ate more than Tw$7,000 (£176).’

Another woman surnamed Tung said: ‘I’ve changed my first name to salmon and two of my friends also did.

‘We’ll just change our names back afterwards.’

The United Daily News reported that one resident decided to add a record 36 new characters to his name, most of them seafood themed, including the characters for ‘abalone’, ‘crab’ and ‘lobster’.

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