I mentioned before that for Chinese people, it doesn't seem to matter where you were born, if you're Chinese you're Chinese.
And I can't really say that's the reaction I got in Japan. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it. If I had gotten that reaction I would have been kind of shocked I think. I've met Japanese people in America, and I never felt that they thought I was one of them even once.
I met some Japanese students in Shanghai, who pretty much had no reaction whatsoever when I said my great-grandfather, (and everyone else in my family) was from Japan. It's not like being cold shouldered, exactly, so I try not to take it to heart. It's just like in their way of thinking there's no 關係 between us.
In Kyoto, I hung out with this Japanese guy. He'd lived in Tasmania for 4 years, going to college. and we talked really briefly about Australian racism, or xenophobia, I guess is how he classified it. And he related it to how Japanese Brazilians had come over to Japan to work, and Japanese people had an easier time accepting them, because they looked like Japanese people.
I asked him, according to most Japanese people, if these ethnically Japanese Brazilian people were Japanese or Brazilian, and he replied “Brazilian."
Perhaps any of the Chinese people who read this blog can contradict me on this, but I think it's rather at odds with my experience with Chinese people and their views on 華裔.