My husband was at university in England once with a man from Shanghai - since he wrote his surname first and then his given name, which confused the Brits, he was known interchangeably as Chun Hua and Hua Chun. This bothered him not at all, because in his family (or perhaps his country - I could never quite nail him down on that!) the same thing happened as in yours: the name he was called depended on who was doing the calling.
China is so vast that I wouldn't care to generalise about it, but if you don't mind anecdotal evidence ...
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