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How did China forget its good manners?

After five thousand years of civilisation, "Sorry" seems to be the hardest word

By Yuan Ren   April 2016

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One thing I have to remind myself each time I return to London—as soon as I hit the Underground from Heathrow—is that in this city, it’s essential to remember my manners. Having been back in China for a few years, I find that social etiquette and the words “please,” “sorry” and “thank you” that used to stream from my mouth with little effort don’t come so easily anymore. Good manners are easily forgotten. In an environment like modern China where everyday…

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