Should I trade my Chinese citizenship for a US one?
April 25, 2010 7:26 PM Subscribe
Should I give up my Chinese citizenship for a US one? If so, any tips or advice on going about it? Details and background inside.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons, and I just wanted to see the hive mind's opinion. Some background on me: I've basically grown up fully american from a young age, and visiting China has been a bit of a culture shock - I definitely identify as American.
I have a pretty good white collar job currently, and will probably end up going to business school soon. There is a moderate chance that, with China's booming economy, I will at some point in the future like to work there, at least for a while.
The pros and cons I'm seeing so far:
- No risk of random deportation. I occasionally enjoy some recreational substances and attend events where some police harassment is the norm. I am a little scared that I will at some point do something stupid/unlucky and get caught and deported.
- If I get in trouble traveling abroad somewhere, my gut feeling is that the US will help out more than China. I have no data for this though, anyone have any idea if this is true?
- I've read that working and owning property in China is very difficult for non-citizens
- I feel that China will likely equal or surpass the US economically within the next few decades, and that having the citizenship may afford me greater opportunities there. Not sure about what exactly, this is more of a fuzzy feeling.
Also, if I do decide to get my US citizenship, anyone have any tips on doing it that I might otherwise overlook?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!