Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 19:28:58 +0700
From: Scott Paauw
Subject: Re: Beijing /j/

For some reason the fricative "zh" is used in place of the correct
affricate "dj" in a number of Asian words/place names: besides
"Beizhing," I have often come across "mah zhong" and "Tazh Mahal." I
agree with those who have said this satisfies our need for foreign words
to "sound foreign."