The MOI official was mistaken. The laws on following the surnames of the father, when the father is foreign, do technically not apply. Unfortunately most government officials are “legally challenged”, and are unaware of this.
So, the law is that the child must take the fathers surname unless the father is a foreigner? Is there any way to get ‘official confirmation’ of this that I could wave at the relevant official when trying to register the name?
My wife and I are 6 months away from the big event, but have already investigated and been told that we have to use my Chinese name. So, how do I go about convincing them that this is not the case? Saying “Ah, but i’ve seen this comment on the internet …” doesn’t seem to cut it.
On a related note, we’re planning on giving our baby my wife’s Chinese surname (as my chinese name is pretty meaningless to me), but my English surname; are there any laws about the official English name of the baby being a romanised version of the Chinese? (A Taiwan passport has an English name in it - but I can’t think of any other cases where Taiwan cares what you call yourself in English though …)