What is Shim?

There are various uses of the word “shim”. As can be seen from the wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shim

Here, we are concerned with the surname Shim.

In terms of syntax, there are 2 major groups using the surname Shim:

  • The Korean Shim
  • The Chinese Shim

Here, we are concerned with the Chinese Shim.

The Chinese root word for shim is: 沈

However, it is pronounced differently depending on the Chinese dialect. Therefore the corresponding English transliteration of the Chinese character are:

  • Mandarin: Shen
  • Hokkien: Sim
  • Cantonese: Shum / Sum
  • Hakka: Shim

Here, we are concerned with the Chinese Hakka Shim.