Word for the day….

關係

关系

Guānxi describes the basic dynamic in the complex nature of personalized networks of influence and social relationships, and is a central concept in Chinese society. In Western media, the pinyin romanization of this Chinese word is becoming more widely used instead of the two common translations—”connections” and “relationships”—as neither of those terms sufficiently reflect the wide cultural implications that guānxi describes.

Closely related concepts include that of gǎnqíng, a measure which reflects the depth of feeling within an interpersonal relationship, rénqíng, the moral obligation to maintain the relationship, and “face”, divided into the concepts of “mian” (or “mianzi”) meaning social status and prestige, and liǎn, the idea of being perceived as a morally correct actor within society.

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Word for the day….

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