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 go nment, your life in America, and more often then not, your view of China.


The paranoia about China from our go nment 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 go nment 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.



Neil Stevens

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 go nment 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 go nment 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 go nment 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 go nment 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 fre m is, I enjoyed it.


I was stunned about the efficiency of the go nment, 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.



Max Waterman, lives in China (2003-present)

Yes, China has treated me very well.


In fact, I’ve only ever had one occurrence of negativity there, when some woman I walked past shouted ‘Go home’ to me, at which point, I pointed to my home just down the road and replied, ‘I am going home’. It was a little funny, actually :)


There is racism in China. It’s actually quite obvious, but it isn’t always negative. I was once queuing to use an ATM/Cashpoint, and a bank employee came out to tell me to go to the front of the queue. I was quite insulted actually, and refused. Thinking about it, perhaps there was a good reason, but I suspect not - perhaps he anticipated I would have a problem and wanted to help me, but didn’t want to wait until I got to the front of the queue?



David Levy, Living and working in China since 1986

China has treated me extremely well, and has been doing so for decades.

Strangers are kind, friendly, and helpful when required.

My chinese employees and colleagues have supported me in my professional journey.

I'm grateful. I'm touched. I'm a big fan.






Tony Ohrnberg, lives in China (2005-present)

Swedish person here. I have been living in China now for a little more than 14 years and have really enjoyed it a lot. Most people are great and many people I talk too really wants to know about my country and also about my family. But like always you have some people that gets drunk and say stupid things but that is not something that is only happening in China, it everywhere. Only become a little worse lately by being asked about my religion when going to the police station when I go for a renewal of my residency permit and that many places I want to go to with my wife and daughter, they are Chinese citizens btw I am not allowed to go. But all in all China has been great to me.



Biswajeet Karmakar, lives in Shanghai (2019-present)

Yes, China has Treated me well, and is Continuing to do so.


I wish, i knew how to read/write/speak Mandarin. Would be able to talk to so many more people. But i pass by pretty ok.


Haven’t had bad/negative experience and don’t intend to. Though i have come across lot of expats whining about how bad is it and what not, but hey no one asked you to come here or forced you to, right? You can always leave.


I have learned to live (or one can say dependency) without google/amazon/facebook products, which is again good.


And now spend half my time obsessing over how the go nment here is so successful than back home (India).


So yeah it has treated me well, and has been eye opener too.





Mark Fudemberg, Macduffie International School (2016-present)

After 7 years, I can't recall a moment of mistreatment. On the contrary., people have gone out of the way to help. I have had a lost wallet returned by a stranger, the subway guard at my morning commute gives me a big smile and a wave, and my two local markets are helpful. These examples illustrate my experience.



Brian O'Connell

I live in a part of China where English is not spoken much and often everything is written in Chinese. The patience and helpfulness they give to the foreigners as we struggle with our translators is amazing.


Always helpful and never rip you off. Try giving a tip from the change and they insist that you take it.


Will miss the friendly smiles and lovely welcomes when I leave here


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Donal Kirk, former CEO of US Co. Bus. Cons. Pharmacist, Photographer

Lived in China for last 20 years, has been a win financially, am treated extremely well by all those I come in contact with and Beijing's environment is very clean and safe and the complex I live in has a huge, well maintained private park within its boundaries. The building I live in has a large supermarket at ground level and also a fully equipped and staffed hospital and pharmacy.



David Barry, lived in China for Many Years.

I lived there for eleven years and lived well, was paid well, and made many friends, travelled around the country safely and never suffered any problems from crime or dishonest treatment.


The answer is “YES!”, and I can’t say fairer than that!


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