Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Bottoms up, in Chinese, gān bēi : empty the glass.
It's not a metaphor, it's a fact.
In China, whatever the context, it is an effective way to show enthusiasm, respect and commitment.
On the other hand, this way could be vexatious, shocking, even inadmissible in front of those who come from the country of wine, a Frenchman, for example. Emptying this sacred drink, without appreciating it, is wasteful, even sacrilegious!
In French culture, attention is focused on the object itself. In other words, the grape variety, the year, the taste, the colour, the smell, the appellation, the accompanied dishes, the context...
Whereas in China, they bet everything on the atmosphere, the conviviality [This is also why they speak so loudly in a restaurant!].
This is notably why when you do business in China, you start by getting to know each other before even talking business (this will be the subject of a future post).
Finishing the drink in one go is thus a good Chinese way!
Refusing a drink to someone is like omitting to say thank you in France, it's not polite. This difference can cause a misunderstanding: Conviviality for one can be a crumple or an offense for the other, without even realizing it.
So, shall we empty our glasses? :)
By : Miao S-Denis https://www.linkedin.com/in/miao-s-denis/