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International Journal of
Hospitality and Tourism
An International, Biannual,
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ISSN: 2240-5371
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Issue: V6N1

Paper Type: CONCEPT PAPER

Paper Title: Contextualizing the study of Hospitality: Reflect on the Host-Guest Paradigm in China

Authors: Joyce Chen, Xiaoqing Chen

Abstract:
The present study is the first in the Anglophone academic literature to offer an exploring of Chinese cultural roots of the host-guest paradigm in the context of hospitality. It relies substantially on dictionaries and extant discussions to elucidate the etymology and semantics of the Sinophone characters of ?and ? which are the corresponding terms of ‘host’ and ‘guest’ respectively, with the goal of identifying the importance and culture attached to the parameters of host and guest, and goes on to consider the contextualized logic of host-guest relation inherent to Chinese culture and tradition. This study pays particular attention to components and connotations which may differ between the host-guest dimensions and standards of hospitality in the Chinese and Western cultural contexts; to elucidate grounding for these comparisons, information on relevant cultural contexts, antecedents and practices in Chinese classics and hospitality transactions will be available by the author.