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Is saving (losing) face unique to China? [Copy link] 中文

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Chinese people are obsessed with saving face.  It is so ingrained in its culture that dozens of Chinese sayings and proverbs have to do with “face”, including:

"Men can’t live without face, trees can’t live without bark." (ren huo lian, shu huo pi)

"A family’s ugliness (misfortune) should never be publicly aired” (jia chou bu ke wai yang)

"Face project” (mian zi gong cheng)

"Blacken one’s face” (Wang lian shang mo hei)
"have no face" (mei you mianzi")

"Lose face" (diu lian)

So don’t treat this concept of mianzi too lightly….especially if you’re doing business or spending a long time in China. Have you ever made someone lose face during your stay in China? Is "face thing" reserved only for China? or what about your home country?

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