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The meaning of «oey»

Oey (pronounced "wee" Audio (US) (help·info)) (simplified Chinese: 黄; traditional Chinese: 黃) is a Chinese Indonesian surname of Hokkien origin and Dutch-based, West Java romanization.[1] Literally "yellow", or "golden yellow", its Central Java romanization is Oei, while its pinyin version is Huang.[1]

Many Indonesians bearing this surname in Indonesia changed it to Indonesian-sounding surnames because of Cabinet Presidium Decision 127 of 1966—an anti-Chinese law that mandated that ethnic Chinese living in Indonesia adopt Indonesian names.

Among Chinese-Malaysians and Singaporeans, the surname is often spelt Ooi or Wee.

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