Losing Face

Saying “No” in China

Saying no in China can be difficult for Westerners because of the Chinese tendency to speak in a vague and indirect manner. In order to help the Chinese save face and maintain valuable relationships it is important to know how to properly say no in a way that local Chinese business people can accept.

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Gaining and Losing Face in China

Face, or miàn zi, is a commonly heard term with regard to Chinese culture, but can be hard for Westerners and non-Asians to completely grasp and understand. In the following article key points of Face will be discussed along with examples of gaining face and losing face.