Journal of Intercultural Communication, Issue 20, May, 2009

Richard Ellis

Understanding Interpersonal Relationships in the Chinese Context


The author draws upon personal experience and written sources to reflect upon the difficulties a Canadian of European extraction encounters when interacting with people of Chinese descent. Four themes are explored: friendship; connections (guanxi); personal space and privacy; and altruism.

Key words: China; autoethnography; altruism; friendship; privacy; guanxi; interpersonal relationships

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