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Business Dinner - Politeness

Posted by biancathiemer October 30, 2014 in the Group General Discussion.

Hi everyone!

I'll be in China for business next week and will likely have dinner with our business partners. However, I've been a vegan for most of my life, which limits food choices during such events drastically. I've been to China before and always found something delicious to eat, but I guess I won't get to choose in this kind of setting. Could you give me some advice on how to explain my preferences without losing face for the company? I won't make a scene if it proves difficult, but I'd like to have some polite explanations on hand. I can express technical stuff in Chinese, but just I don't know how to say this politely, even at home it always becomes a point of discussion.

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