Meetup Replay on 01/19/23 Part 2 -- We will role-play the most common interactions in China that are likely to veer off course, illuminate common faux pas, examine the cultural factors at play, and develop greater awareness of how our words are perceived by our Chinese counterparts.
The Chinese mind is conditioned to leave itself an off-ramp for fear of blame, punishment, or worse. So it is natural in Chinese spoken vernacular to be vague, allowing an opportunity to pivot toward a better explanation.
A simple counter to this tendency would be to direct your query at the explanation rather than the answer…
Level 2: how do more thoughtful words translate into Chinese, and how would typical Chinese minds interpret them?
THE CHINESE HONEYMOON PERIOD
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