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Breaking a Heraldric Log Jam: Applying The China Biographical Database Project to The SCA

In the SCA, it's conventional to assume a "medieval name," so that we don't wind up having Duke Joey the Fourth fighting for the throne against Sir Moondust.  It helps the atmosphere, and we've been doing it long enough that we don't really question why anymore.

To facilitate this, the SCA has a College of Arms which helps people choose names which are documentably historical.  This is a good idea, and their rules are pretty good for European names.
They don't really work well for Chinese names, though.  Historically there haven't been a lot of people creating Chinese personas* because the SCA centers Europe.  But with the recent change in the mission statement to explicitly break this centering: The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to en…

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