Thanks for the replies, everybody!
Unfortunately, there’s no Taiwanese connection that would get me a passport, as ‘crbkstiles’ suggested. It seems that a lot of the dual citizenship things posted here are along that bent. But I’m born and raised American, and about as WASPish as you could get. But I would qualify for a passport since I’m married to a Taiwanese.
I think one of the reasons we don’t see many posts like mine is because a lot of international relationships involve a foreign man and a Taiwanese woman. And it’s my understanding that if a guy gets a Taiwanese passport, then he’s got to serve in the Taiwanese military, which of course, would be one good reason to not get a Taiwanese passport.
But I’m an American woman married to a Taiwanese man, so that military problem doesn’t apply to me.
I’ve also considered what Gary had to say - travelling would become a stupendous hassle with only a Taiwanese passport and that’s why I have no intention of permanently giving up U.S. citizenship.
I also considered what ‘I Wonder’ had to say - maybe this should be a discrimination issue! It’s frustrating and seems unfair that the Taiwanese law is soooo narrow, considering how many Taiwanese take advantage of the more relaxed U.S. policies regarding dual citizenship.
Furthermore, I also ‘wonder’ - could I be a citizen of a 3rd country, give up that citizenship, become Taiwanese and still remain a U.S. citizen. It sounds goofy and far-fetched, but I wonder if it would work?
Anyway - a lot of things to think about.
Along with Hartzell, it’s my impression it would be difficult or imposssible to get citizenship back, but I know it’s been done. As always, facts are more useful than hearsay. I’ve been talking to the folks at AIT to see if they have any advice. I’ve got them in a pickle, too. They said they’d have to ‘do some research’ and get back to me. I’ll post again if I hear anything more.
I’d like to note as special thanks here to Mr. Hartzell for all of your fabulous work on our behalf. Where would we be without you?
Finally - if anyone knows anyone who has done this in Taiwan, I’d love to hear about it.