Why are there so many foreigners that think China is better than the USA?
Julian Mintzis, lived in The United States of America
Answered Sep 25
One reason is because China is socially free, while not politically free, and as mentioned by someone already it is a very safe place. In general, while petty crime does exist, that’s mostly as far as it goes. Occasionally there are public arguments or some slight physical altercation, but there are no guns involved! While the US has political freedom, in some ways it can get out of hand easily.
Yu-Hsing Chen, lived in The United States of America
Answered Oct 23
Because most Expats in China check most of these boxes.
They’re white ( ish.)
They’re living in a 1st tier or upper 2nd tier city
They were relatively educated but not from super high level backgrounds.
I assume most check at least 2 . In this situation Yes China is probably better for them than in the US….. and…. it’s better for them than most Chinese.
Julian Mintzis ‘ answer notes that there’s Social freedom in China … that’s kinda only true for Expats, for locals there’s all sorts of cultural pressure, though unlike the States it’s usually more between your parents to you instead of between peers.
Meanwhile, there’s the irony of how China ( and a lot of other Asian areas) is actually where REAL White privilege plays out, although it’s no longer quiiite as silly as last decade where people literally hire random White guys as poster boys, there is still a lot of icky elements of this.
Julian Mintzis 答案指出，中国有社会自由；这点只适用于外国人，当地人面临各种各样的文化压力，尽管这种压力不像美国是同龄人给的，而是父母给的。
And of course, being in the big cities you see most of China’s positives and a lot less of the negatives, and being foreigners means your relatively free from potential big brother problems unless you go asking for trouble.
And of course, being willing to be an Expat probably put you in a certain category of people, and you’ll end up in a community where it’s mostly birds of the same feather, where as back home that’s probably not the case.