Politeness and Intercultural Communication

Read the online article “Politeness Makes Perfect” and the online article “Business Across Cultures: Etiquette at Work” regarding the concept of politeness and how it manifests itself in oral communications among people in Japanese and Indonesian society. How do you think views of politeness in these cultures compare with views of politeness in United States culture? Is the term “politeness” interpreted in the same or in different ways? Provide at least three statements and behaviors Americans use that demonstrate the value placed on politeness in U.S. culture. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7. (You must create one initial post and at least two responses, for a minimum of three posts for this discussion.)

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