Last Sunday Beijing Foreign Language University 北京外国语大学 held a seminar to commemorate centenary of one of my relatives, Mr. Zhou Jueliang 纪念周珏良先生百年诞辰研讨会. His daughter who’s also a professor made this post.
One of the attendees, is Isabel Crook who’s one year older than Mr. Zhou. At 101, she looks remarkably well. She’s accompanied by two of her three sons who were all born in China.
I’ve met Paul (in blue, above) in 2014 in Frankfurt and even earlier at one of BBC functions, which I only recalled recently. Automatically, we would say, Paul the English. In fact, his mom, Isabel is a Canadian. Should we consider Paul as a Chinese? The same goes with, a US born Chinese, in most people’s eyes, is still a Chinese.
Here is a fun: Walter H. Brattain (1902, Amoy, China – 1987, Seattle, USA) won a Nobel Prize in Physics 1956 while working in Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA. Wiki defined him as an American, because his parents were Americans. As of today, Nobel list by country, China has 11 laureates, includes Walter.
In EB-5 program, the applicant is handled by country of birth 出生国, instead of current nationality 国籍.
The world is becoming increasingly flat, where one was born seems less important. And each country may choose to define it differently: as in USA, no matter what, if you are born in this land, you’re an American and eligible to run for president. Although I was born in Beijing but I’m less certain what and who can be Chinese.
This wiki article explains “Chinese nationality is usually obtained either by birth when at least one parent is of Chinese nationality or by naturalization.”