Probably, the biggest ongoing struggle living in East-Asia for me has been to unravel the intricacies of “face”.
The concept itself isn’t much different from having good reputation, back home, but much more intense. The depths to which face must be upheld is what baffles me.
There seems to be a greater emphasis on how things look and not how they really are. It’s been a challenge, at times, to keep up enough of a mask to work smoothly here yet maintain integrity in my practice. I often find myself getting neither one right!
Hopefully, I’ll eventually make it to a point where my face will be such that I won’t have to cover it!