Posted byu/aXiaobai 19 hours ago
I gather foreigners are always fucked over in situations vs a chinese person in China but is it possible for a foreigner with the right connections somehow with the police etc to override this? I guess im partly just asking how guanxi works in a sense.. anyone know?
TheDark1 10 points·18 hours ago
Not really. If you have family ties you have their guanxi. If you're useful you have guanxi. If your use expires the guanxi does too.
It's the same for Chinese people too though. Look what happens when people at the very top are purged. All those they enriched disappear into the ether.
JayTeeLaramie 7 points·18 hours ago
One of the only consistently positive responses to this question has come from /u/Hautamaki over the years and he just re-told in the past couple of days how his relationship with the son of the police chief gave him advantage.
dcrm Great Britain 13 points·18 hours ago
Generally no. I actually agree with /u/TheDark1 on this. The only two ways to have guanxi are;
1.To be useful. Most foreigners are not useful they don't have a large circle of friends in China nor do a lot of them have top positions or public positions of power. If you have a lot of money or a high position you will have limited guanxi.
2.To be family with someone who has guanxi. Friends doesn't cut it. If there is any trouble you'll be thrown under the bus instantly by a non-relative. Doesn't matter how much you think you are friends with them (you could be friends for over a decade!). They are not going to help if you it gives them trouble.
Family is different if they don't help you their other family members will berate them and look down on them. They NEED to help you if you are family. By family I mean married. If it's a boyfriend/girlfriend situation it'll depend on if their family like you and how much of a serious marriage prospect they view you as.