So, in order to rent the place that I'm going to rent, I get to have an elaborate secret life. For one thing, I stop being a 老外 (foreigner) and start being Chinese. I'm not even an ABC but a student from Taiwan who has studied in America for a long time (an explanation of why my Chinese is so bad). I also have my diploma from an American university (which is true). I use an American passport because I'm teaching English and it's therefore more useful than my Taiwanese passport (but I do have a Taiwanese passport). My mother and father are Taiwanese but they live in America. I'm here to absorb some Taiwanese culture. I'm also my friend's distant relative. And an added layer if the landlord asks why my last name on my ARC is a little long for a Chinese person's, (this was my concern) I'm supposed to say that my dad is Japanese but my mom is Taiwanese.
At this rate, I'm going to forget that I'm Japanese.