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In Asia, 'sorry' can be lost in translation

Knowing when and how to apologize is tricky, especially for foreigners

Apologies are a big deal in East Asia, as the Houston Rockets, a U.S. basketball giant, have just discovered.   

The American team faced a tricky task in October after Daryl Morey, the general manager of the franchise, tweeted his support for Hong Kong democracy protesters, triggering a storm of protest in China, a lucrative market for the American basketball industry.

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