I really didn’t know what to expect when coming to intern in China. However, to my surprise, the transition has been quite smooth coming from the American workplace. I am interning at LifeStyle Magazine here in Beijing. So far, I love my job. I get to write articles for the magazine, work on social media content, and attend glamorous events multiple times a week. The great thing about being a foreigner in China, if you speak English well, is that you have a skill set that is very valuable. In America, obviously speaking English is something everyone can do. Here, that is not the case. More and more they need English speakers in the workplace. I am working at a bilingual publication, which allows me to write for the English part of the magazine. I think if I was working at an all-Chinese office, the job would be much more difficult to adjust to. Since it is a bilingual publication, half of the office is American or speaks English very well. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things this job has in store for me. I know I won’t be disappointed.
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-- A Night at The Peninsula
This is not a Wang Fu, the palace of a prince; this is not a peninsula, the beautiful land on the sea; and this is not “a World Cup”, the gather of people with different nationality!
But it is as luxury as the Wang Fu, for the delicious food and decorations; it is as beautiful as the peninsula, for the sunset and moonrise; and it is as diversified as the world cup, for the Beijingers with different nationalities!
Last Friday, Jun 13th, we attend the networking event in the Peninsula Hotel.
We had the event on the top of the roof where we can enjoy the beautiful view of Beijing City, especially after a heavy rain.
During the event, we met a lot of new friends. They come from different countries: China, America, Holland, France, England, etc. They are elites of different area: IT, Marketing, Management, Advertising, HealthCare, Retail, etc. We met each other, introduced each other, shook hands, and had delighted conversations!
Everyone enjoyed this night in Beijing and everything went really well. We will never got bored during the internship, because Beijing is a big city which all kinds of wonderful events or activities are going on every day, every week, every month……
When you encountered Mian Zi(面子) during your internship in China……
“Mian Zi” means the recognition from a group of people or from the society in China. It is a kind of Chinese traditional culture. Mian Zi in English is “Face”. Literately, you don’t want to smash in anyone’s face. In this way, “saving face - Mian Zi” means to maintain a high level reputation between a group of people.
From the perspective of Mian Zi, people are more likely to be affected by others; they want to make others like and respect them. Then, why is Mian Zi so popular in China? The history of Chinese culture should explain it. As we all know, the historical political structure in China was an absolute monarchy, which means people’s life depended on their ranking in society. If a person did not have Mian Zi, he/she would not be highly regarded so high in society. In this way, prosperity or wealthy would not come to him/her. Although Chinese dynasties have been gone for about 100 years, Mian Zi still stays strong in modern day China. People use Mian Zi as one of the measurements of success.
Now, what does Mian Zi look like? It is not a thing; it is a behavior. When a person wants to invite you to have a nice dinner, he/she shows “face”; when a person sends expensive presents, he/she shows “face”; when a person is belittled and trying to prove himself/herself, he/she is saving “face”.
When you encounter “face” in China, you need to “give others face”: you should accept others kindly invitations, accept others’ presents, and forgive others’ fault instead of judging them. If you give people “face”, they will feel that you respect him/her and they'll give you “face” when you need it. When you are in China, you will often find out that people like to live in groups. Chinese like to hang out together as often as possible, eat together, drink together, and doing business together, so giving people face just makes things easier and makes everyone happy.