Culture Clues: When yes means no

In Indonesia, China and Japan, there is often the effort to try to avoid saying ‘no’ directly to a person for fear of appearing rude, defiant or offending the other person’s ‘face’ (personal integrity). Saying ‘yes’ is much preferred, even though it is actually a ‘no’. Therefore, if unsure whether the ‘yes’ is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, it is best to repeat the request, then follow up.

Have you ever been in this situation? Share your story in the comment section below!

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