African-American renounced US citizenship for Taiwan’s

He said he felt happiest in Taiwan.


Who would have thought a young African-American male basketball prodigy would give up his US citizenship for Taiwan’s?

Honestly, if someone mentions this to me in passing, I would have thought he or she is crazy. But here we are, analyzing and translating news stories from Asia and discovering interesting stuff in the process.

Meet Quincy Davis, an American-born Taiwanese basketball player who renounced his US citizenship in June 2013 to naturalize as a Taiwanese, making him qualify as a national team basketball player.

Quincy Davis holding his Taiwanese passport. Credit: Freedom Press (Taiwan)

The 6 ft 9 inches tall black man was born in Los Angeles, California to an African-American family. A gifted sportsman, he played professional basketball for the Tulane Green Wave men’s basketball team and as a freshman, in a game against the University of Southern Mississippi, matched the school record for single-game field goal percentage.

Quincy Davis showing his citizen card. Credit: Freedom Press (Taiwan)

Despite his stellar college career, he decided to go overseas to play professional basketball and after a few stints in Europe, he landed in Taiwan where he played for the Super Basketball League. While a sizable amount of foreigners in Taiwan would not think about renouncing their citizenship for Taiwan’s, Davis did the unthinkable and renounced his US citizenship for Taiwan’s.

When asked why he would do that? He said he felt happiest in Taiwan.

Check out his time in Taiwan in a recent video below.


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