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Chen, Rong, Lin He and Chunmei Hu. 2013. Chinese requests: In comparison to American and Japanese requests and with reference to the “East-West divide”. Journal of Pragmatics 55 (1) : 140–161.
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Chinese -just as Japanese and American English- requests appear to be defined by Brown and Levinson's power and distance concepts, which supports the universal politeness theory, but refutes the claim that East and West radically diverge in their respective politeness systems.