Originally posted by Flipper:
My post was mostly a response to maoman who saw fit to label anyone who purposely avoided military service as a moral coward and a traitor to taiwan.
Actually, I only said the part about moral cowardice - the traitor to Taiwan business you made up. Avoidance of military duty would be a crime of omission, while treason would almost certainly have to be an crime of commission.
That being said, I do believe that people should have the courage of their convictions. I guess now that Taiwan has conscientious objector laws in place, allowing people to do alternative service such as teaching, social work and other forms of community volunteer work, those ABCs and privileged rich kids will be lining up to do their national duty, right? After all, helping out underprivileged aboriginal kids could hardly be viewed as a waste of time, right? The fact is, the only Taiwanese that have willingly gone to jail in the last 10 years in order to avoid military service that they felt conflicted with their beliefs were Jehovah's Witnesses. Can't say I agree with their teachings, but anyone who is willing to go to jail for their beliefs has courage. Interesting that Buddhism, a pacifist religion, has no equivalent pacifist minority in Taiwan more willing to serve jail time than to participate in the military, but that's another topic.
Flipper, you seem to feel that we as citizens have the right to make unilateral decisons on how we want to participate in our society. If that were true, then we would all be paying less tax, if any at all. If you really want to effect change, then start lobbying legislators and writing letters to the editor. Or if you feel that you cannot fulfill your obligations to society, then be prepared to pay the price. Using Daddy’s influence or your other passport as a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card is the act of a coward, simple as that.
Poagao, to answer your original question, 13 years ago, if I had been told that I could apply for Taiwanese citizenship without losing my Canadian citizenship, I would have jumped at the chance. I’m older now, so I would be a little more reluctant to do it. Still, I would never say never!