Face and Chinese relationships

Cultural Insights — By on April 18, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Interesting story on relationships in China and how the concept of “face” turns up even in the selection of marriage partners.

Chinese women like their male partner to emphasize the value of their “face.” This value is determined by society and many of its cultural practices relate to this concept.  For a woman her “face” is often judged … by whom she marries, while for a man society asks what official positions he holds or how much money he makes. For this reason it is not difficult to understand why a girl with a college degree is very unlikely to marry a high school graduate. To enhance their “face” women will often ask their boyfriend or prospective husband to do things for her parents.

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