Naturalized citizen from Vietnam says she has long felt Taiwanese

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/17/2020
By: Chen Chun-hua and Matthew Mazzetta

Trần Thi Hoàng Phượng. CNA photo Nov. 15, 2020

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Despite having just been naturalized under the government's dual nationality program for high-level foreign professionals, Vietnamese language teacher Trần Thi Hoàng Phượng (陳凰鳳) said that citizenship status aside, she has long considered herself Taiwanese.

Trần was among seven people approved by the Ministry of the Interior last month to receive Republic of China (Taiwan) citizenship without relinquishing their original nationality, as part of the government's efforts to attract and retain top talent from around the world.

Since Taiwan amended its Nationality Act in 2016, a total of 164 foreign nationals from a range of professional backgrounds have been naturalized under the program.

In a recent interview with CNA, Trần, now a lecturer at National Chengchi University's (NCCU) Foreign Language Center, explained how her own experience in Taiwan motivated her to use language instruction as a tool for promoting cultural awareness and ethnic cohesion.

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