An immigrant is someone who has emigrated from his her home country, to become an immigrant. Most expats here not emigrate here, they just travelled here to work and live, and they are not immigrants. So have immigrated here on purpose and are longterm residents like Hartzell, but an real immigrant eventually renounces her his prior citizenship and takes on new nationality. I notice most longerms in Taiwan still hold on dearly to their native passports, so they are not immigrants. The only real “intending immigrant” here in Dan Jacobson I guess because he really wants to become a Taiwanese national but the government won’t let him.
Even these long term missionaries here never give up their western passports, even though they talk in terms of “our Taiwan” and “we Taiwanese” but they are not really Taiwanese, just love Taiwan alot and have settled here as long time expats.
Problem is, Taiwan is NOT an immigrant country. it does not want or tolerate immigrants, except in extreme cases. Japan is same, Philippines is same, Vietnam is same, Thailand is same. Most Asian nations do not understand the concept of immigrants because who the eff would want to immigrate there when the Americfan Dream beckons in far off Wonderland UK USA OZ NZ SA Canada?