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Three generations' dream comes true in Taicang

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: June 24, 2021

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Chen Liyin poses with her newly issued identity card in Taicang. [Photo/WeChat account: tcfbgw]

Chen Liyin, who was an overseas Chinese resident of Myanmar, recently obtained her household registration and officially became a citizen of Taicang, East China's Jiangsu province, local media reported on June 24.

Chen's grandparents were natives of Xiamen, Fujian province who moved to Myanmar due to warfare. Chen, her father, and her mother were born in Myanmar.

However, the three generations shared strong bonds with China and refused to apply for local citizenship in Myanmar. In his last days, Chen's grandfather reminded his children that "we are all Chinese."

As a child, Chen studied Mandarin from a dictionary her father bought. In college, Chen volunteered to translate for the expansion project of the Chinese embassy in Myanmar and once guided a Chinese delegation from Macao.

In 2017, Chen started a clothing business and visited Taicang during her market survey tours in China. Impressed by the city's environment, Chen purchased a clothing factory and started to spend most of her time there doing business.

In 2020, Chen submitted her residence permit application and the required materials to the overseas Chinese affairs office of Taicang. The office immediately looked into her case and worked with the police department to handle her residence permit as soon as possible.

Knowing that Chen was unable to renew her passport due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, staff members of the office worked tirelessly to streamline procedures and have process completed faster than expected.

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A pennant from Chen to the overseas Chinese affairs office of Taicang. [Photo/WeChat account: tcfbgw]

"My household registration came three days earlier than the expiration date of my passport. Many thanks to the staff members of the overseas Chinese affairs office and the police department," said Chen.

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