Daily Chinese Proverb: Reputation

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Sunday, 30 August 2009
In China reputation is extremely important. This proverb tells us not only is reputation important in humans but for everything to be. Face here is used metaphorically as in not loosing face (social custom). The Chinese, value reputation highly, thus creating this proverb.

You might use this proverb when someone behaves dishonorably (once or repeatedly), it can be said directly to that person giving advice or a warning in order to rectify or avoid something more.

人要脸, 树要皮
rén yào liǎn ,shù yào pí.
A Person needs a face, a tree needs bark.

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