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ultural Impact of Chinese Guanxi : Quantitative Analysis for The Relationship Between Guanxi and Corruption in China.

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ABSTRACT

When we talk about Chinese people, the issue of social relationship is very interesting and important topic in terms of Chinese people's psychological and behavioral attitudes. Not only do Chinese people recognize social relationship as the most important factor in their social lives, but also people in other Asian countries such as Korea and Japan do so. Although Chinese society had been rapidly developed, Chinese people's perception of social relationship has not been changed because Chinese people tend to regard social relationship as cultural tradition in China. This study is designed to show some light on how Chinese people acknowledge the role of social relationship in contemporary China. What the authors find by the statistical analysis of a survey data (Asian Barometer 2009) are the following aspects. First, even though most Chinese people criticize all kinds of corruption which seem to be related to 'individual's social network (Guanxi), those with such critic are more likely to accept the usefulness of Guanxi tradition in their social lives. It suggests that Guanxi culture (‘utilizing individual’s social network in problem-solving process’) plays a significant role in contemporary Chinese society. Second, Chinese people blaming serious corruption in China have higher level of life satisfaction compared to those not blaming the corruption. Third, because young peoples in China are not inclined to recognize Guanxi as an important factor in the process of making his/her life successful, one of the most important social traditions in Chinese history, ‘individual’s social network (Guanxi), would go out of existence as like other social and historical traditions.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.