Chinese Heritage

26 responses

How long have you lived in Shanghai?

26 out of 26 answered

1
1-2 years
46% / 12 resp.
2
More than 5 years
23% / 6 resp.
3
Less than 1 year
19% / 5 resp.
4
3-5 years
7% / 2 resp.
5
More than 10 years
3% / 1 resp.

How much longer do you plan to stay in Shanghai?

26 out of 26 answered

1
A couple more years
50% / 13 resp.
2
I don't know/Not sure
30% / 8 resp.
3
Less than a year
15% / 4 resp.
4
I plan to stay indefinitely
3% / 1 resp.

In general, how closely do you identify yourself as Chinese?

25 out of 26 answered

1
I see myself as a mix of Chinese and another culture
76% / 19 resp.
2
I see myself as completely another culture because of my experiences outside of China
24% / 6 resp.
3
I see myself as completely Chinese because of my background
0% / 0 resp.

Please check if you fit into any of these categories

19 out of 26 answered

1
Third-culture
68% / 13 resp.
2
Mixed-race
21% / 4 resp.
3
Chinese adoptee
10% / 2 resp.

How would you rate your Chinese level?

26 out of 26 answered

1
I have advanced level Chinese
42% / 11 resp.
2
I have intermediate level Chinese
23% / 6 resp.
3
I am fully proficient in Chinese
19% / 5 resp.
4
I can speak only basic Chinese
7% / 2 resp.
5
I cannot speak Chinese
3% / 1 resp.

Have you taken Chinese classes? Please check all that apply

25 out of 26 answered

1
I have taken Chinese classes in high school/college
60% / 15 resp.
2
I have studied in China and learned Chinese through my study abroad program
40% / 10 resp.
3
I have taken classes while living in Shanghai
24% / 6 resp.
4
I have not taken Chinese classes
8% / 2 resp.

How often do you interact with Chinese people, while speaking Chinese?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Every day or more than once a day
61% / 16 resp.
2
Approximately 3-5 days per week
26% / 7 resp.
3
Rarely
7% / 2 resp.
4
Approximately 1-2 days per week
3% / 1 resp.
5
Never
0% / 0 resp.

When speaking Chinese, do you feel like you are held to a different standard than other expats in speaking Chinese?

25 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
80% / 20 resp.
2
No
12% / 3 resp.
3
I don't know/Not sure
8% / 2 resp.

In general, when you interact with Chinese people, do they notice you are not local Chinese?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
84% / 22 resp.
2
No
15% / 4 resp.

Do you ever feel discriminated against by Chinese people because of your status as a Chinese heritage expat?

26 out of 26 answered

1
No
50% / 13 resp.
2
Yes
30% / 8 resp.
3
I don't know/Not sure
19% / 5 resp.

Do you feel like it is easy to connect with other Chinese heritage expats?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
69% / 18 resp.
2
I don't know/Not sure
19% / 5 resp.
3
No
11% / 3 resp.

Do you feel like it is easy to connect with other expats in general?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
80% / 21 resp.
2
I don't know/Not Sure
11% / 3 resp.
3
No
7% / 2 resp.

Do you ever feel discriminated against by other expats because of your race?

26 out of 26 answered

1
No
65% / 17 resp.
2
I don't know/Not Sure
23% / 6 resp.
3
Yes
11% / 3 resp.

Do you feel there are advantages to being a Chinese heritage expat, as opposed to a different race/ethnicity expat?

25 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
76% / 19 resp.
2
I don't know/Not sure
16% / 4 resp.
3
No
8% / 2 resp.

Do you feel there are disadvantages to being a Chinese heritage expat, as opposed to a different race/ethnicity expat?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
53% / 14 resp.
2
I don't know/Not sure
26% / 7 resp.
3
No
19% / 5 resp.

Please respond to this statement: "If I had the option, I would change my appearance to look like what Chinese people expect an expat to look like (ie. Non-Chinese face)"

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
7% / 2 resp.
2
No
92% / 24 resp.

Would you say you identify more easily with expats or Chinese people?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Expats
65% / 17 resp.
2
Not sure/No difference
30% / 8 resp.
3
Chinese people
3% / 1 resp.

How would you describe your close friends in Shanghai?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Mostly expat friends, a mix of Chinese and non-Chinese heritage
34% / 9 resp.
2
A mix of expat and Chinese friends
30% / 8 resp.
3
Mostly non-Chinese heritage expat friends
19% / 5 resp.
4
Mostly Chinese heritage expat friends
15% / 4 resp.
5
Mostly Chinese friends
0% / 0 resp.

How would you describe your dating life in Shanghai? Who do you tend to date? Please check all that apply.

19 out of 26 answered

1
Other expats
68% / 13 resp.
2
Chinese people
31% / 6 resp.
3
Chinese-heritage expats
31% / 6 resp.

Overall, living in Shanghai, how would you characterize your relationship with China?

26 out of 26 answered

1
Somewhat positive
42% / 11 resp.
2
Strongly positive
34% / 9 resp.
3
A mix between positive and negative
23% / 6 resp.
4
Somewhat negative
0% / 0 resp.
5
Strongly negative
0% / 0 resp.

Has your sense of your Chinese heritage changed since coming to Shanghai?

25 out of 26 answered

1
Yes, I feel like I have become more Chinese
52% / 13 resp.
2
No, I don't feel like I have changed
28% / 7 resp.
3
I don't know/Not sure
12% / 3 resp.
4
Yes, I feel like I have become less Chinese
8% / 2 resp.

Please indicate whether or not you would be willing to be contacted for a follow-up interview. The interview will take place in person or over the phone, and clips of the interview may be used on the podcast.

26 out of 26 answered

1
Yes
92% / 24 resp.
2
No
7% / 2 resp.