Absolutely agree - we immigrated to the US from China and so the last few generations speak some Chinese but mostly everything is in English. But another large part of my family is still in China and speak/write in Mandarin. It would be great to have both our English names and Mandarin names associated so we wouldn't need romanized names for ancestors who never spoke English.
Until this happens, this site is fairly useless to me since I cannot easily get my Chinese relatives to participate and therefore can't go back more than one generation past our immigrant parents, and it ends up being all in romanized chinese. Useless if we want to get to know branches from great-great grandparents, distant cousins, etc. who only speak Mandarin/Cantonese
Many member of my family married partners from various parts of Asia. For most of us, our wives, our kids and their ancestors all use non romanised characters sets. The FAQ claims Mandarin support, but the management software (Family Tree Builder) does not support it (I have tested version 6.0). We can type in romanised versions for searching, but we want to preserve the proper charaters for historical puposes. The software hasfields for "other" names and "nicknames", and we could alwways use formats such as "LEE (李)" but all we get is "LEE (?)".
I really like the Family Tree Builder interface, but it is quite usless without proper Unicode support.
Asian languages support is currently only available on the website.
Family Tree Builder Version 6 supports 36 languages and Chinese as other Asian languages are not included.
The good news is that we are abpout to release Family Tree Builder 7 with total support of UTF-8 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
I would love if you can volunteer to help us keeping these languages translation up to date.