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Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

taught eti­quette dic­tates that a din­ner party is not the place to dis­cuss pol­i­tics. A din­ner party is meant to be a re­laxed yet re­fined oc­ca­sion where you can have a good time with old and new friends. The at­mos­phere should be com­fort­able and jovial, and the top­ics light. Pol­i­tics is more likely to force peo­ple apart than bring them to­gether. We all have dif­fer­ent back­grounds, dreams and ideals so we are go­ing to have dif­fer­ent opin­ions on things like pol­i­tics. Dur­ing Oc­cupy Cen­tral in 2014, the sub­ject was in­tro­duced at a ta­ble. A friend of mine and I had dif­fer­ing opin­ions and clashed. The friend deleted me from Face­book and we haven’t spo­ken since. Con­ver­sa­tions about pol­i­tics and other heavy sub­jects are best kept to more in­for­mal gath­er­ings with smaller groups of friends where feel­ings can be gauged more eas­ily. At a din­ner party, guests can eas­ily en­gage with top­ics such as sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, movies, mu­sic, wine, food, fam­ily and work, which tend to bring peo­ple to­gether rather than push them apart.

Yvonne is an en­tre­pre­neur and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of fam­ily jew­ellery com­pany Julico

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