To non-Chinese living in China: Has China treated you well?
Masao Miwa, Lived 50 years in Asia
Yes. I have lived on and off about half my time in China over the last 20 years. I have never been mistreated and because I am a senior, I find young Chinese very, very respectful and helpful.
When I lug my baggage up or down stairs, someone will come to my aid to help, boy or girl, whoever thinks I am having a problem. When I board a bus or metro, most, not all, young people will give up their seat to you. Sometimes, even a policeman will come to my aid, sometimes a bus conductor will tell someone to give up their seat…….with a smile.
When in China, my home base is Shenzhen, Shenzhen is a relatively new city with an average age of citizens around 30 or so. To get around, seniors can get a ‘senior card’. Remember I am not a Chinese citizen. With that card, I can ride the bus or metro for free. All theme parks are free, and once in a while there are special events for seniors.
It is easy to make friends, whether it’s a shop keeper, business associate, or just someone you just met. You can openly discuss things with friends and not fear for your life. Once most Chinese find out you are an American, they want to know more about your view, your government, your life in America, and more often then not, your view of China.
The paranoia about China from our government is unreal. The Chinese don’t want war, they want peace, but they will stand their ground if they think they have a right to. Same as Americans. The big thing is you don’t hear the Chinese go-ment lambasting the US like we hear in American media about China. If the government and the people feel their thoughts and facts are misportrayed, they will speak up. They are proud and pretty patriotic. They are proud of Chinese successes and hope to continue their climb up the economic ladder. They work hard, hoping for a better future, especially for their children’s future. As a whole, they put their children as their top priority even if they have to make sacrifices. Their family ties are like Americans from the mid-west, very strong and family oriented.
Tae-Whan Kim, lived in Nanjing (2016)
I have only been to China for 2 weeks so no need to take my word however I would like to share my experience.
I went to China to see my friends wedding in Nanjing.
It is a bit strange to say that felt like my home country Korea just larger and less populated (yes you heard that right. it seems to have more area per person, or maybe Daegu is just that cramped).
Anyways, during my stay there, I toured around Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the downtown, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, etc.
Despite the fact that I cannot speak Chinese (I can only read traditional Chinese characters), the people there were very accommodating. They tried to communicate by physical hints, English, some even spoke little Korean they knew when I told them I was from Korea.
They were excited to introduce me to new snacks (the fruits covered in sugar that makes a satisfying crunch), they told me the long and proud history of Nanjing (you can see why it’s called the Southern Capital)
My 2 weeks there was nothing but good memories, and the good people there really made it so that I would love to visit there again.
I have lived in China for close to a decade now and if I openly answer this question, taking ‘China’ to mean all of it’s people, including government etc., then my answer is YES! The overall sense you get when living here is that everyone wants you and your family to have a happy, prosperous and completely safe life. Despite the size of the country the general consensus goes with what the government currently promotes, which is ‘work together and keep forging a strong, peaceful, prosperous society’. Many Chinese are proud of this message and try to live by it, and they enjoy seeing their government put that message to the world. Many laws have changed in my time here and all have been changed in order to improve the lives of everyday citizens. There really is a feeling here that you a part of a great movement. Additionally, the level of investment you see the government put into the country is jaw dropping and you cannot help but be swept up in it! I have recently been granted my Green Card here and it was a great honour to get it.
Frans Vandenbosch, lives in China (2002-present)
China and the Chinese people have treated me more than well. Unexpectedly well.
In China, I learned what real freedom is, I enjoyed it.
I was stunned about the efficiency of the government, about the helpfullness of the police and the administration. They still know the real meaning of “civil servant”.
Yes, I fell in love with China.
But I hardly dare to say that back in Europe. They either don’t believe me or start scolding on China. I often feel like Marco Polo on the day before he died. I feel eternal gratitude to China, satisfaction of mind and sadness for the blindness of Europe.