Farzin Safavi , knows German
I have visited U.S. for about eight times California, New York, Florida, Seattle and Oregon to be specific. American citizens vary when it comes to knowing foreign visitors, it’s a strange to many Americans I have visited 30+ countries yet I am only 26 years old.
Currently, I live in China and I’m a biracial Irish with ethnic Iranian father. As you would assume, I would not be very welcomed with open arms in U.S especially after Trump administration.
As being Irish with Iranian surname, I would be mistaken often for a Latino, a Brazilian or a Cuban in U.S less than a Middle Eastern, also many thought I am Italian American. Often, when I told my fellow American friends in U.S I have an Iranian father, their attitude was not very positive. I also do not feel safe in U.S, the worse case I had was an African American homeless guy following me around in New York City forcing me to pay him money. There’s also lack of safety and public security. We mistakenly took the subway and ended up in Queens in New York and man that was not a pleasant experience. However, during all those eight times my experience was not as unpleasant as many other tourists, maybe because Americans love the Irish, I don’t know. However, I had the choice to work between U.S and China, I chose China. There is not enough public security and safety in U.S. I am not sure what the American cops are doing but I would be terrified working and taking the subway everyday in major American cities, especially at night. Sometimes, I also believe the American public is a little paranoid about the outside world. For a developed nation you know very little about Europe, let alone the rest of the world.
Farzin Safavi ，懂德语
At the other hand China is safe, the people are friendly and open to new cultures. I find the Chinese more keen to get to know foreign more than the Americans. There’s this belief everyone and everything is a threat to America and American citizens which is false and I do not know why people have led to come up with those beliefs.
Sometimes I meet Chinese young people and they tell me only good things about Ireland, Irish history and things about my country where only little people know about. They also know a lot about Persia (Iran), the silk road, trade between China and the country, its rich culture and history. I do not remember where I met an American where they told me nice things about my father’s ancestral home Iran. The Americans, I meet abroad are also a lot more open minded and well educated than mainland local Americans, they are also keen to make friends from different backgrounds.
Overall both the Irish and the Iranian minority have added so much to the American culture, society, economics, justice system, entertainment, medicine and much more. They would be highly ranked as successful and intelligent minorities, however there’s little awareness and appreciation about it among the general public which is unfair. America would not be the largest economy without these minority contributors. I would rank China better as an expat, the salaries are surely much lower, there might be pollution, some cultural and language barriers. However, I can walk at any time of the day knowing I am safe in many parts of China. There’s strong security, public safety, modern transport system, and good convenience available to expats. Now you tell me, Should I work for U.S.?
Jeff Buschow , Traveled to China 15+ times
I’ve lived in the USA all my life and I can honestly say i feel safer in China and more welcome in lots of area’s
My reason’s are the following
The public transportation system they have in the big cities makes what we have in Chicago and New York look like we don’t care about moving people around safely. Here is a picture from the Shenzhen Metro system. If you look you can’t fall on the tracks because of the glass wall with doors that will only open when there is a train in the station.
The high speed rail system is a must in China. I wish the USA would start in invest in a rail system to replace the aging system we have in place today. I will grant that china has to have the rail system because how else would you move 400M people around in 30 days for a holiday. The high speed rail system is great.
I’ve taken the bus in china many times and they can be a little scary but no more scary than some of the drivers in the USA.
The people in the countryside have always been friendly and even if they don’t speak English they are willing to try to help out or at least try to help.
Jeff Buschow ，到中国旅游15次
在中国，高速铁路系统是必须的。 我希望美国能开始投资建设铁路系统，以取代我们现有的老化系统。 我承认，中国必须要有铁路系统，否则你怎么能在30天内运送4亿人去度假。高速铁路系统是伟大的设施。
William Gary , studied at The United States of America
I’m a US citizen who has traveled to China a month at a time for over 10 years.
It is my impression that China is much more safe than the United States when it comes to violent crime. The city that I spend most of my time is Xiangtan, CN. It is a city of over 750,000 (larger than all the cities over 100,000 population in Connecticut where I live). I have spent quite a bit of time in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Kunming, Changsa, etc., all of these cities having populations in the millions. During my visits to these cities I only experienced a safety concern once. That was a group of young teenagers that followed me for awhile but showed no aggression but left me with an uneasy feeling.
First, visitors as well as Chinese citizens have to be vigilant when they go out as theft is endemic in China. Crimes of violence such as Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault appear to be non-existent although I know it is not.
William Gary ，曾在美利坚合众国学习
I can go to parks in the middle of the night in major cities in China to use the exercise equipment without reservation. Again, keeping vigilant about what is going on around me. People have tried to steal money from me, steal train tickets, scam me, etc. When it comes to personal safety I feel very safe.
I won’t even go to Hartford, CT at night, and I don’t even like to go during the day. Same in New Haven and Bridgeport. These cities as well as their neighbors such as East Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, etc. all have issues with violence, many of which is driven by drugs. So when you can walk downtown in a city with millions of people in China and feel safe, rather than a city of 50,000–100,000 in the US because of random gunfire that is why tourists consider that China is safer.
It should be noted that Connecticut is considered pretty safe compared to other states in the US.
Ray Comeau , A decade in China, interest in geopolitics
I have been to the US innumerable times from east to west. I have also been to large parts of China in the many years I have been in China.
Why do some tourists who have visited both the USA and China think the latter is safer? …… because China is much safer then the USA.
I meet regularly with a group of retired expats in China. They are Americans, Australians, Brits, Canadians, Dutch and Swedes. All agree China is much safer then the US, Canada & UK.
First of all, most people have a stereotypical false impression about China before they come. Most foreign media has painted China in a negative light for decades, so tourist expectations lean certain ways before they arrive. Once they arrive in China ….. surprise,……. it is not like they imagined.
China is a non-violent society where social stability and order is very important. Asian societies generally function as shame cultures while western societies function as guilt societies.
Ray Comeau ，在中国十年，对地缘政治的兴趣
Violence is not an acceptable social behaviour in China. Not acceptable by the government nor by Chinese society. Peer pressure is effective in shame cultures. This combined with China having a reputation that once you go to prison in China, you don’t want to go a 2nd time. It’s recidivism rate (% of prisoners who re-offend) is extremely low.
In my many years in China, I have only ever once seen one fight (men drinking too much) and they were westerners.
Perry Jones , Investment Advisor (2013-present)
I would say it’s because China is safer than the US if you look at all the statistics.
I have traveled across southern China alone and I almost never felt in danger. I have traveled to 35 states and almost every large city in the US and I have been mugged 3 times, chased twice, been yelled at and ridiculed and of course there are some places I would not dare go. I would not expect I would have that sort of experience in China.
Why is there a difference? I believe it is based on culture. The US was born in revolution, evolved and expanded through warfare and tamed the west with guns. We are a culture of violence. As a nation of immigrants, we are one people only on the basis of being of one nation of shared beliefs governed by a Constitution. But as a nation of immigrants, that meant we had to leave homes, friends and family to walk into the unknown with death as our possible reward. That creates a unique perspective on life. We lived in harsh conditions and we had to fight for what we believed in whether we fought against nature, wild animals, bandits and thieves, gunslingers or neighbors. The reality we lived in has created a culture where violence is a characteristic, not an exception of life in America.
I don’t know a lot about the history of China or the other Asian nations except that it seems to me they never experienced fighting to live in a harsh land.
Perry Jones ，投资顾问(2013年至今)
Alexander Wijaya , BComm Accounting & Business Administration, University of Calgary (2021)
Part of this is psychological, part of it is biological and part of it is the nature of the Chinese government.
There’s answers on crime rates and statistics already, so let me offer an alternative.
Most news regarding China is negative when you’re outside of it. it’s disproportionately in favor of the anti-Chinese rhetoric. Bad news sells, after all. It also tends to be easier to simplify and fits in with the preconceived notions that ‘the West’ has on China.
Thus visitors to China would come with lowered expectations and be pleasantly surprised, especially if they’re from the aforementioned ‘West’. Violent crime to tourists is nearly unheard of, and the ‘worst’ you’d expect extends to petty theft and pickpocketing.
Alexander Wijaya 卡尔加里大学工商管理学院（2021）
The USA, on the other hand, has a generally positive global image. Part of this is due to cultural influence- Hollywood films are shown everywhere, even their overtly pro-American propaganda-ish ones. The American Dream, as a concept, still survives. New York City and Los Angeles are seen as cosmopolitan paradises by the average joe in non-Western Europe/USA regions.
Tourists there thus have higher expectations, and it only takes a few minor incidents to sour the entire experience.
Gordon Hsu , Entrepreneur, JP Morgan financial professional of 12 yrs
Besides the answers that other respondents gave already, the following comparison is another way to illustrate why China is generally safer than the US.
In the US, if you stare at someone for a prolonged period or by "looking at someone wrong", you're liable to get an earful of verbal backlash with a chance of physical assault, be it a shove or a punch.
"What the [expletive] are you looking at?"
If I get a dollar for each time I've heard the above line spoken in anger/annoyance in the US, I would be able to pony up the funding to take a Chinese State Owned Enterprise private.
Whereas in China, everyone always stares at one another so few people actually cares. At worst the other person would mutter under their breath "shen jing bing" or "crazy person" and move on.
In my opinion, the root of this difference in behavioral pattern has to do with the divergent views on "personal space" between the two cultures. In the US, personal space is viewed as something sacred. If someone violates that space be it verbally or physically, perceived or literal, then it's "bring it on". Good luck with trying to protect your "personal space" in China using the same methodology. You could shove or verbally lash out at a thousand people per day and still fail at the endeavor.
Gordon Hsu ，企业家，摩根大通12年财务专业人士
Alfredo Cofré , TV Engineer. at VTR
I have visited both. In China, I felt VERY anxious because of the ammount of people and the disregard for every kind of traffic law (I was almost run over by a motorcycle going against traffic, in the pedestrian zone, by night without lights). Other than that, no problem.
On the other hand, in USA, every fraggin’ night a police car followed us. Maybe because we were the only human beings walking instead of using a car (or worst, jaywalking). Or maybe we looked like latinos doing latine things. Who knows. I really felt we could have got been shot. My coworkers were aim in the highway once, when they were pulled over and they, like every chilean does when pulled over a few meters from the police car, walked from their car to the police. Oh man… Keyword: AIMED WITH A GUN.
PS: I know, it was our fault for not knowing how to properly deal with US police. Do you think the last week australian lady mistake deserved to be punished with a bullet?
Alfredo Cofré ，电视工程师。在VTR
Dewitt Cordino , lives in Xiamen, China
Live in China and been to US for many times
* China attitude to crime is serious, DEATH is legal. people around will away from you if they know you have crime record, and most of company would not employee a people with crime record.and you might not be able to get any loan from the bank. so people will consider very seriously before crime while crime cost is too high living in China.
* No guns, many assault knife is not allowed to carry either
* Culture to be kind, no violence gene
* Fight will be caught by police and sent to a house of detention for 2–15 days
* Rob is much serious crime than stolen, start from 3 years prison life, up to death
* Many opportunity to make a living, easy to be postive for life
* No drugs dealer, no refugees in the street, those people(no begger) with no job and stay in street will be highly concern by the police
* Camera everywhere in public and all public transport and hotel need ID, daily security level is pretty high in China
Dewitt Cordino ，住在中国厦门
Manish Sharma , Living in Shenzhen, China since 2015. Have seen little bit of China.
I am not a tourist, I have lived in US for around a year ( traveled around few places in US as well) and now living in China.
My reason is simple which makes me feel safe in China safe as compare to US
There are lot of people, where ever you go, all the time. Late night or early morning or regular hour subway, bus ride, BBQ, restaurant, on streets. If I am lost, need help with direction or anything there are lot of people around to ask. In US, everyone use car, people are less, you will not find anyone on street to even ask for direction or any other kind of help.
Manish Sharma 自2015年以来住在中国深圳。了解一点点的中国。
Farah Ibrahim , studies International Studies (2020)
Well to start out, amongst beloved countries, we have a very high level of crime. Even many developnig countries (even some Africa) have sometimes ranked higher than the US in safety. Consider the number of massacres and serial killings we have (much, much higher than any other developed country). Consider our ridiculous number of people incarcerated in this country (our country has around 5% of the world population yet a 1/4 of its prison population. Also consider the fact that, unlike most developed countries which have strict gun control laws, we have pretty lax laws when it comes to gun...
Farah Ibrahim ，研究国际研究(2020)
David Totoo , working on user experience
Yes, I think China is safer than many countries.
In Beijing subway, there is at least one guard for every trunk. It means one train goes on the way with 10 guards.
Everyone have to go through the security check before taking the subway.
Oh, almost every morning I could see that someone is stopped to show the ID by policeman in subway.
Every bus in Beijing has at least one guard too.
David Totoo ，致力于用户体验
Anna Bomby , Master Mechanical Engineering & Automation, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2015)
Because it is.
All countries compared for Crime > Violent crime > Murder rate per million people
USA ranked 99 while China ranked 167
List of countries by intentional homicide rate - Wikipedia
USA is 92, China is 111
Top 10 Countries With Highest Rape Crime
USA is first with highest rape crimes in the world
I’ve never felt in danger in China, not even once while going out almost every day.
Anna Bomby 机械工程与自动化硕士，南京航空航天大学，2015年
James Chrisholm , Interested in China
I have been to Beijing, Tianjing and Hangzhou. I have been to New York, San Francisco, Florida and Las Vegas.
I will say that China feels safer. There isn't any ghettos that you would unwittingly step into. Chinese people are loud and sometimes quarrelsome but they are less inclined to resort to unarmed or armed violence. Ladies walking in the streets are less likely to be accosted.
James Chrisholm ，对中国感兴趣
Miffy Seal , LLM from Ehime University (1999)
Very effective community policing that you see in Japan, South Korea make the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, and Japan very safe.
Also, extremely effective in South Korea and Japan is the national culture that strongly frowns upon odd, suspicious behavior & activities which will lead to immediate Police investigations and possible Police Raids.
That is 21st Century East Asia for you.
Miffy Seal ，爱媛大学的法学硕士(1999)
Leonard Wolff , lives in The United States of America (2000-present)
In the USA we coddle our criminals. 90 percent of the time street crimes go unpunished. Most of our petty thieves have rap sheets a mile long and have not really been punished.
In China,i have never been robbed by a Street thief, but have seen 5 people in one day get robbed in Europe.
In America theft is more violent but in Europe it happens more but without violence.
Leonard Wolff ，居住在美利坚合众国(2000年至今)
Bro Codes Mean , Researcher, tactician
The racism in the US is genocidal.
It’s getting dangerous here for anyone not white.
China, not so much.
Also, the police in the US are VERY racist and very abusive as well.
They take advantage of anyone with cash and many times take it.
Lately, male cops stripped a woman naked on the side of the road and strip searched her.
They actually penetrated her.
She felt raped, she was raped.
The victim tried to sue two times but failed.
This and many other crimes are perfectly acceptable in the US.
Be VERY careful here.
New York and many other many cities are GARBAGE and full of criminals, kidnapping, corrupt police, ghettos and other things.
I live three hours from NYC and I will NEVER go there again.
You could actually do more in China.
Stay away from the US unless you’re seeking refuge.
Bro Codes Mean ，研究员，战术家
Nicolas Tsuei , lives in China
I have lived in Beijing for nearly 18 years. It’s something like that Beijing can be the safest metropolis in this planet. And most places in China are also safe.
The MOST important reason I think is guns forbidden, which can decrease the violences in a rather low level.
Also Chinese are relatively mild.
That does not mean all the places are safe in China. In some remote areas, it is dangerous outside in the night.
Nicolas Tsuei ，住在中国
Zhang Dayu , lived in The United States of America
Chinese living in US for 5 years now.
At knife point, I have the balls to try and run or fight back even, at gun point, I am a sitting duck.
In China I worry about sometimes my wallet got snatched on a bus, In US I worry about robbed at gun point 50 feet from a cop, 1 yard out of my office.
Zhang Dayu ，住在美利坚合众国
Warren Mundell , works at Self-Employed
I have visited both the USA and China as a tourist. I would say China is safer, especially for women. You do not do some things in China, like try to walk into an army camp and take pictures. You probably won’t be doing that in the USA either. I would walk around any city in China at night without a worry. I can’t say that about the USA.
Warren Mundell ，自营职业者
Stephen Whitehead , Professor, Sociologist, Educationalist, Writer
I’ve visited both and I live in Thailand and visit China regularly. No question, China is safer. The people are less aggressive and more polite. They do not carry weapons. They police force is ubiquitous but not intrusive.
Stephen Whitehead 教授，社会学家，教育家，作家
Quora User , studied at Toulouse 1 University Capitole
Well maybe because it's the truth. I lived in the US for one year and I loved it but let's be honest it is not safe at all.I lived in NC, and walking at night was very dangerous, every week they were rapes, robberies at the university. The difference with other countries is that in the US robbers have guns so you have to be really careful.
Quora User ，曾就读于图卢兹第一大学