Privacy Act of 1974


The Privacy Act of 1974 doesn’t exist here. There are more copies of my passport floating around China than you can imagine. Within the first  3 days of moving to China it was copied or shown at:

Gold Arch Residence

Metro grocery store  in order to obtain a shopper’s card

FotoMax to have  photos taken because if it’s a government form you’re filling out they want your photo to go with it

Police Station where I’m  certain it was copied  10 different times

China Merchants Bank where I have an account but they had to see and copy it in order to exchange $$$$ (Now I had to give up the passport for a few hours back in April when we were here so that the rep from our relocation company could open the accounts for us because it was going to take about 3 hours which means that they have a copy on file)

I actually gave up possession of it for 11 hours within 30 minutes of landing in GZ so that an agent of the pet moving company could clear LilyCat through customs

Anders had to give his up for a week so that he could apply for one of the 3 permits/invitation letters you need to have in order to live here for 3 years

The passport that you hold on to and protect with your life in the US is fair game for any and all who want to see it here. I think one of the construction workers across the hall may have asked to see it, I just don’t have the Mandarin skills to know for sure 😉

10AM – 88 degrees


About vikarenously

I am an ex-pat living in Guangzhou, China. I am married to the man of my dreams who has indulged my love of travel by working hard enough to snag two international assignments. Oh yes, I also have two amazing children who accompanied us on our first one to Switzerland and are now mature and responsible adults which makes it so easy for us to experience this adventure as empty-nesters. Experience it vicariously with Karen.

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