Definitions

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  • n. Connections; relationships; one's social or business network.

Etymologies

From Sinitic trad. 關係, simpl. 关系 (guānxi), literally relation connection. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That answer would take volumes to answer properly, but in short, its what the Chinese call guanxi, or "relationships" and thus what goes around...comes around.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • And as the children of peasants or factory workers, they lack the essential social lubricant known as guanxi, or personal connections, that greases the way for the offspring of China's nouveau riche and the politically connected.

    NYT > Home Page

  • He says Americans need to understand the importance of building so-called guanxi (pronounced GWAN-she).

    Local News from Tuscaloosa News

  • "guanxi" - gaining favor through networking and relationship-building.

    chicagotribune.com -

  • There is an emphasis throughout the book on the Chinese notion of "guanxi," the idea of family and friends being interconnected and committed to supporting each other.

    One For The Table: The Last Chinese Chef

  • If a company from Minneapolis sees the benefits for their business and presence in China, why can't other companies see the obvious benefits and "guanxi" (relationships) that the expo will create.

    Blythe McGarvie: G20 and the Shanghai World Expo

  • For all our self-criticism, Americans are amateurs at the "guanxi" game as it's played in Asia, where cabinet members take money to do drop-bys at weddings.

    The Asian Connection

  • Mr. Bai says he already has the "guanxi," or connections, to sell his tea.

    Of All the Tea

  • The heavy sentences for bribery and industrial espionage serve as a warning for firms wading into treacherous waters in the emerging giant, where "guanxi" (connections) are vital, sharp practice is common and laws ill-defined.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • The heavy sentences for bribery and industrial espionage serve as a warning for firms wading into treacherous waters in the emerging giant, where "guanxi" (connections) are vital, sharp practice is common and laws are ill-defined.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

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  • According to Christopher J. Moore - this word also has connotations similar to the Mafia's use of 'favors'. One can accumulate guanxi and spend guanxi like social currency.

    December 7, 2008

  • (pronounced /gwænʃi:/) Chinese 关系 = connections, relationships

    July 22, 2008