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Becoming a Junzi: Background of Interpersonal Communication in China

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Wimal Dissanayake, who created a foundation for the Asiacentric model of communication studies, maintains that Asian classical texts constitute a storehouse of communication concepts and propositions that have yet to be mined for understanding the way Chinese communicate. “Asian countries…have produced rich and complex civilizations that have grown over the centuries and no civilization is possible without a vigorous system of communication.” Before sampling those classical texts for clues to Chinese communication, a brief examination of the controlling principles of Chinese communication should be useful context.

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