posted by [identity profile] lili-beth.livejournal.com at 11:30am on 12/02/2009
I love it even more when these questions come from left field, not students or professors looking for the oddball thing (so they can write a paper)!

The answer to both your questions, I believe, is no. Father came to the US as a laborer to work on building the railroad and somehow became a citizen despite the exclusionary laws. Mom stayed in China.

I suspect the son was never declared a citizen - that they just never knew to jump through the hoops. And now he wants to travel back to China one last time, and can't because he's not recognized by either country.

It would be great if you have ideas; my only idea is to tell them to start petitioning for a private law to have him declared a citizen after all these years.

(Congratulations about Colorado! I hope you can make it your last move, and that you land right where you and your family want to be!)

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