I’m sure most of us have heard about the law that if you’re of “Chinese ancestry,” you can relatively easily obtain Taiwanese (R.O.C.) citizenship. I have a unique situation, and I’m curious as to how it would/could be handled.
Firstly, I’m white … not a drop of Chinese blood in me (as far as I know). However, my grandfather was born and raised in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province prior to “liberation” (when the mainland was still part of the R.O.C.). If I was able to get my grandfather’s birth certificate or some form of other documentation that he was born in the R.O.C., would I too be allowed to get R.O.C. citizenship (and being considered “Chinese,” still be able to keep my U.S. citizenship)? Or, do you have to be “Han” Chinese in order to be able to utilize this law? Last time I checked, in mainland China at least, there were 56 national minorities, all of which are considered “Chinese” by the government (even though they are not “Han”), and there are “white Chinese” there (although not in very large numbers) who are remnants of the large groups of Russian immigrants who settled in Manchuria and North-west China following the Russian Revolution (this is the category which my grandfather belongs to). Any thoughts?