If a Korean’s name is Park Jin Hyuk, is it really proper to put a comma between Park and Jin? I see this all the time, but mainly due to limited flexibility in computer programs and databases.
If person cannot escape the comma, should the name really be listed as “Park, Jin Hyuk”? Doesn’t the comma imply that the one part should actually come before the other part? Like in a book title: Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The? It seems like the only reason to use the comma at all is to alphabatize western names. But because of databases and stuff, we end up with unnecessary commas between the family and given names of east Asians.
Is it even technically incorrect to write the person’s name as Jin Hyuk Park? If so, isn’t it also incorrect to put a comma when writing Park, Jin Hyuk?
If the bank listed two people on an account as:
Smith, John J or JinHyuk, Park
Would you say that it is incorrect because you would assume the latter is “Mr JinHyuk”? Or would you say it is correct because the comma means the name is not in the original order (like a book title)?
I’d say the bank is wrong. Am I right?