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Saving Face, Losing Face

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 August 2018



Saving Face, Losing Face
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 218
Posted DateWednesday 29 August 2018 10:12 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

In my travels to SE & East Asia one of the things that has always interested me is the concept of saving face and losing face - something you need to be very aware of when working in the region.

In researching the concept, to better understand it for my blook, I found these three articles that make a fascinating read about "face" and the differences between Western and Asian cultures.
Deeply rooted in the Chinese concept of face are conceptualizations of a competent person in Chinese society: one who defines and puts self in relation to others and who cultivates morality so that his or her conduct will not lose others' face.

This contrasts with the American cultural definition of a person who is expected to be independent, self- reliant, and successful.

The end result is that a Chinese person is expected to be relationally or communally conscious whereas an American person is expected to be self-conscious.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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