Amid an ongoing public debate about whether NBA star Jeremy Lin (林書豪) is Taiwanese, Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) seems to have an official answer, saying that, legally, Lin is a Republic of China (ROC) national.
“Of course Lin is an ROC national,” Chien said at a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee. “Since Lin was born to parents who are ROC nationals, he is automatically granted ROC nationality. He is therefore an ROC national, unless he formally renounces his ROC nationality, but he hasn’t done so as far as I know.”
Chien was referring to Article 2 of the Nationality Act (國籍法), which stipulates that anyone who has at least one parent who is an ROC national is automatically granted ROC nationality.Chien made the remarks during discussions of whether ROC citizens born overseas should be allowed to run for president.
Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Huang Wen-ling (黃文玲) had asked Chien if someone born and raised in another country, citing Lin as an example, should be allowed to run for president if the person obtains ROC citizenship.
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Hence, technically speaking, ALL kids born of Taiwanese citizens abroad are dual citizens, hence cannot hold public office abroad unless officially renounces to it. It is a right that cuts both ways.
Question: what if for example, if any of the people who have attained ROC nationality goes abroad, marries, has a kid. Is the kid considered Taiwanese? Is he allowed to choose nationality and then citizenship of ROC? Up to what age? Legally speaking, of course.
does anyone else read in here like they are planning to give him an ROC passport as soon as he steps one foot into this Island, and somewhere maybe, if he's still famous, push an electoral position on him?