[QUOTE] [I’m with Monkey. In the west, we look for sincerity in our relationships with others. If you studied Latin, you’ll know that sincere means “without wax”, which was often used to hide defects in sculpture and statuaries. To be sincere meant (and means) that you let others see the real you, even if it means that imperfections of yours are revealed. This kind of full disclosure builds trust. The whole idea of face on the other hand seems to me to be a kind of dishonesty - for the most part a trifling dishonesty to be sure, but still dishonesty. /QUOTE]
The above view, or similar, (Thanks Maoman for the quote) is held by so many foreigners here in Taiwan.
Instead of us foreigners speculating all the time, i would like to hear a positive “spin” on the issue of face and other elements of your culture.