Western Expats Have a Privileged Lens on China

Western Expats Have a Privileged Lens on China
A man wearing a face mask uses a mobile phone outside the HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong, Dec. 1, 2021 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Western expatriates in China have shaped perceptions of the country to the point of sometimes overshadowing the country itself, but their experiences exist under a protective umbrella of privilege that is often out of touch with the experiences of so many other foreign-born workers and Chinese citizens working overseas.

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