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Asian Last Names

Date Submitted: 15-Dec-2010
From: Nicole Loo
Subject: Asian Last Names
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Notice: Hi!

I'm doing a research study and I need to tease out which individuals are Asian soley by last name. Is there a comprehensive list out there or a search database? I understand 'Asian' is broad, but I'm okay to search by country or other modifiers. I'm mostly looking for Southeast Asian last names.

On a similar note, the second project is for Somalian last names. Is there such a database also? I know Somali will be more challenging given the array of different last names originating from several European countries.

Thank you so much in advance for your time and expertise.

Nicole Loo