I know a lot of you are pissed about not being able to apply for this, but what really makes my blood boil is that at last count 81% of the 725,282 foreign residents in Taiwan come from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Most of them work as home aides, nannies, and so forth–basically doing the work Taiwanese nationals don’t want to do, and getting not nearly as much pay or respect for it, compared to what foreign residents from wealthy countries get.
Where is the path to citizenship for these foreign residents, other than going stateless for a period first? (Which many do.) The answer: completely non-existent, even more non-existent than for the numerically smaller group of foreign residents from wealthy countries.
When there’s a path to citizenship for run-of-the-mill spreadsheet monkeys like myself, I’ll be personally happy.
But when Taiwan offers an equal path to citizenship for all foreign residents, that will be progress that the nation can be proud of.
And the cynic in me says it will never happen