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Summary Of Look Through Ganbei Culture

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Taiwan has inherited the 乾杯 (Ganbei) or bottom up drinking culture from China. There is a saying in Taiwan, “Don’t feed a goldfish at the bottom of your glass” meaning that people should bottom up and don’t leave anything in the glass. Article “Look Through Ganbei Culture” concludes that there were many meanings behind Ganbei. First is to show the deepness of the friendship, that is “I can’t drink but for you I’m willing to bottom up so please consider me as your good friend.” Second, people use drinking to get others’ attention. To drink or get people to drink can both be noticed by others during the social events. Third one is to show the power. The higher ranking people ask lower ranking to bottom up to demonstrate the power over them,
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