Please help me design a talk show about face-threatening acts including the concept of losing face, saving face and other things. It is better if it includes a little story about losing face or...

Please help me design a talk show about face-threatening acts including the concept of losing face, saving face and other things.

It is better if it includes a little story about losing face or saving face.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I am going to assume that this is a talk show on the radio because that makes it easier to have guests who participate only for short times. 

My show will start with the host giving something of a short monologue.  The host will introduce the topic for the day.  They might say something like “Good morning, everyone.  Today we are going to be talking about face: how you lose it and how you can save it.  This is something that is important for all of us in our everyday life.  We know how much it hurts to lose face and we could all use some tips on how to avoid that kind of situation.”

Then I would have my host welcome their first guest.  This guest is an expert on face who will be participating in most of the show.  The host will welcome the guest, establish the guest’s credentials, and then ask them to define face.  The expert would define face as something like “our own estimation of our value in social situations.”  They would say that a person who has face is respected and has dignity.  They would emphasize that face is largely something that other people confer on you; you cannot have face just because you want to.

Then we would move on to taking calls from guests who want to talk about face.  Perhaps one would tell a story about a situation in which they lost face.  It might be a student who says something like “Last week we had a test in one of my classes at school.  I really did badly.  When people were comparing grades, I got really mad and I was complaining about how the teacher hates me.  I think the people who did well thought I was a real idiot.”

Then we could have the expert analyze the situation and perhaps suggest a way to regain face.  They could say something like “You lost face there because you didn’t react in the expected way.  Usually, you should congratulate the people who did well and then go off and commiserate with others who did badly.  You and the others who did badly can vent about the teacher or the test, but you don’t really do that in front of the people who did well.  So next time, be sure to congratulate the people who did well.  When they see that you did badly, they should criticize the test and say that they were just lucky.  But it is a loss of face if you say things like that.”

In this way, I could have a talk show snippet in which we define face and give an example of losing and regaining it.

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