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Giving up US citizenship?

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series US citizenship

For several years, I’ve been thinking about giving up my American citizenship. This is not an act of disloyalty or of protest, I hasten to add. I admit there have been moments – when George W. Bush was reelected, for example – when I was angry enough to repudiate my nationality in protest. But I…

Republicans, Expatriates and FATCA

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series US citizenship

Last week I posted about the possibility of renouncing my American citizenship due to the onerous requirements the US government imposes on expatriate Americans. That post broke the record here at Rachel’s Ruminations: the most “hits” ever. And, in the process, I’ve learned a lot more about the situation from the many people who responded,…

daytime view of the Paramount

How my citizenship hit me in the gut

This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series US citizenship

One day last month, when I was walking through Oakland on my way to meet a friend in Berkeley, I passed the old Paramount Theater. This is a gorgeous restored Art Deco theater that I had paused to admire every time I’d walked past that week. That day, though, the theater was open at 8:30…

My Renunciation Day

This entry is part 4 of 23 in the series US citizenship

I renounced my US citizenship today. I’ve talked about this issue before here and then here and then here. Right now, though, I don’t want to discuss the politics, but rather just let you know what my day was like. Getting there Like any good Dutch resident, I got to Amsterdam by first riding my bike…

The table is set and ready for Thanksgiving tonight.

Thanksgiving Reconsidered

This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series US citizenship

“Are you still going to do Thanksgiving?” This is one of the questions I get asked when I tell people I’ve renounced my US citizenship. Yes, I am still doing Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in the Netherlands It’s always felt a little odd to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Netherlands. It’s a celebration of a particular event in American history, after…

a lithograph of the Boston Tea Party

FATCA, the Tea Party and Me

This entry is part 6 of 23 in the series US citizenship

“No taxation without representation,” a slogan going back to colonial America, is commonly cited by overseas Americans like me in discussions of FATCA. It’s also the basis of the Tea Party’s name: a reference to the Boston Tea Party, an act of rebellion against the taxation of the American colonists by the British government. FATCA…

American Flag

Individual Freedom, Self-Reliance and Renunciation

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series US citizenship

This is the second in a series of posts about American values inspired by my renunciation of American citizenship. I teach American Studies at a teacher-training college here in the Netherlands. The eight-week courses—two for the younger, full-time students, and one for the adult, part-time students—are not in-depth studies. They are introductory courses for students…

The US consulate in Amsterdam

Equality? Competition? Not Overseas!

This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series US citizenship

This is the third in a series of posts about American values inspired by my renunciation of American citizenship. I wrote last week about a book I’ve used for teaching, American Ways, and the six values it emphasizes. Last week I discussed individual freedom and self-reliance. This week I’d like to address two more: equality of…

close-up of the American flag, representing the American Dream

The American Dream

This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series US citizenship

The following post is the fourth of a series about American values sparked by my renunciation of US citizenship in November 2015. In my last two posts, I discussed four of the six key American values emphasized in the textbook American Ways: individual freedom and self-reliance, and then equality and competition. The last two are…

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