Culture in my question = ways of thinking ways of interacting with other human beings values internal worldview attitude about life.
Will you notice that your ways of thinking and ways of interacting with people and value system changes and becomes more Chinese after living in China for a long time?
I have heard that unlike in immigrant countries foreigners in China are usually or never fully accepted as Chinese. My impression is also that typically foreigners will not think of their cultural identity as Chinese even after living in China for a long time. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
But have you noticed that your worldview changes the way the worldviews of immigrants to immigrant countries change after living in their new country for a long time as they assimilate?
The question is asking about your internal worldview. It is a slightly different question from whether Chinese people will ever think of you as Chinese which I think of as a question of externally imposed labels.
Is it different for foreigners who only socialize with foreigners and foreigners who socialize mostly with Chinese people? Are there foreigners who socialize mostly with Chinese people? Just curious. I haven't been to China in a long time and am no longer familiar with the expat scene in China.
Matthew Dolman Lived and worked in China since 2007.
Written Jan 21 2016
We moved to China when my eldest daughter was five months old and have been here ever since. Apart from visits back to the UK almost all of her life has been spent in China. She attended a Chinese kindergarten and speaks Chinese confidently.
From a Chinese perspective she will never be considered Chinese even if we were able and willing to change her nationality.
The concept of being Chinese in the mind of a Chinese person is strongly associated with genetics and cultural heritage she is white has curly blonde hair and blue eyes and as such she just isn't Chinese. Ironically a third or fourth generation person of Chinese origin that has never been to China doesn't like Chinese food and has no intention of learning the language would be considered Chinese in the minds of many people living in China.
From our perspective she is also not Chinese but culturally not British. She is probably halfway in-between or known as a "third culture kid".
How does living in China change your world-view?
As someone who speaks advanced Chinese and have spent a significant amount of time with Chinese people in my time here I would say that there are certainly parts of my world-view that have changed.
I feel that one of the best things about how western civilisation developed is the willingness to learn from other cultures and allow them to influence the development of our own culture.