East Asian Pragmatics http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP <p><em>East Asian Pragmatics</em>&nbsp;(EAP) focuses on language use and interpersonal interaction within and across East Asian cultures, including national cultures such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean, as well as ethnic minority, regional and other localised cultures, communities of practice, relational networks and other groupings including diasporic communities.</p> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US East Asian Pragmatics 2055-7752 <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Introduction http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17584 Rong Chen Xinren Chen Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 1 8 10.1558/eap.40374 Managing multiple identities http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17585 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this article, we offer an identity perspective on compliment responses (CRs). Our&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">purpose is twofold: first, to enrich our understanding of CRs by addressing the bias&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in research towards CRs as an im/politeness phenomenon; second, to question the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">assumption of the correlation between CR strategies and identities and to challenge&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">the essentialist view of identity implicit in previous studies. We propose a four-fold&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">perspective on identity by incorporating cultural identity into the influential&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">three levels of self-construal formulated by Brewer and her colleagues (e.g. Brewer&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">&amp; Gardner, 1996). We present it by illustrating the dynamic construction of individual&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">identity, relational identity, group identity, and cultural identity through&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">qualitative analyses of naturally occurring CRs in Chinese. We show that macro&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">strategies (i.e. acceptance, refusal, and in-betweenness) and, by implication, micro&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">strategies (e.g. upgrade) can all construct the above four identities depending on&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">context. We argue that there is no such thing as a simple correlation between CR&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">strategies and identities widely assumed in the existing literature.</span></p> Jensen Chengyu Zhuang Amy Yun He Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 9 39 10.1558/eap.38489 Identity rhetoric in Chinese radio-mediated medical consultation http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17586 <p>While previous studies highlight the dynamic feature of identity construction, little attention has been paid to the identity work within the overall structure of a conversation and to the interrelations between different aspects of identity constructed. Drawing on a sizable recording of radio-mediated medical consultations (RMMC), this study aims to explore the various aspects of medical consultants' identities and the dynamic shift among the different aspects. It is found that the consultants construct three prominent aspects of identity, namely, a consultant with medical expertise, a consultant with peer friendships, and a consultant as a sales representative, each manifesting some variability in terms of pragma-linguistic realisations and occurrences in different stages of the overall structure of RMMCs. By intermingling the three aspects and using each at appropriate times, the consultants skilfully direct the conversation to what they want. Thus, they demonstrate what might be termed as identity rhetoric in constructing, performing, and deploying their identities to achieve some communicative needs.</p> Zhou-min Yuan Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 41 65 10.1558/eap.39001 Committee chair as a jointly constructed identity at Chinese PhD dissertation defences http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17587 <p>This study aims to investigate how the identity of committee chair is constructed in academic interaction based on data from seven Chinese PhD dissertation defences. The analysis of the data shows that, while the identity of committee chair is mainly constructed by the chairs themselves, it is also constituted by the organisers of the events, PhD candidates, and other committee members in the dissertation defence interaction. Thus, the construction of the committee chair identity is the result of the joint work done by various parties at different moments of the academic event, and the chair identity is an interactional achievement. The complexity of the identity construction reflects the participants’ fulfilment of their own rights and obligations in the academic community of practice and the achievement of specific communicative goals in a given context. It is hoped that this study can shed some light on the understanding of identity construction at PhD dissertation defences in the Chinese context and the investigation into identity construction from an interactional perspective.</p> Yuxin Ren Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 67 97 10.1558/eap.40107 “Guess who I am” http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17591 <p>Pragmaticists have investigated identity construction in various social practices.&nbsp;Yet, seldom have they paid attention to false identities assumed in interactions like&nbsp;fraudulence. This study, by resorting to Chen’s (2018) theory on pragmatic identity,&nbsp;investigates 72 real fraud cases in contemporary China, trying to uncover the&nbsp;discursive practices for their fabricated identities and the underlying motivations&nbsp;for these identities. It is found that (i) fabricated identities like the victim identity,&nbsp;the friend/kin identity, the clerk identity, the official identity, and the identity of&nbsp;resourcefulness are often deployed as resources for fraudulent purposes; (ii) speech&nbsp;acts, person-referencing, discourse contents, codes, and sounds of speech are the&nbsp;common discursive practices con artists resort to in fabricating their identities; and&nbsp;(iii) the construction of the fabricated identities results from the con artists’ adaptation&nbsp;to the physical, social, and mental world of their targets. The study broadens&nbsp;the scope of identity construction by focusing on that of fabricated identity.</p> Xiyun Zhong Yantao Zeng Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 99 122 10.1558/eap.39366 A comparative study of female identity construction in Chinese and American advertisements http://journal.equinoxpub.com/EAP/article/view/17592 <p>This article investigates the issue of female identity construction in Chinese and in American advertisements from a contrastive perspective rarely adopted in the related literature. We have found that, while the identity of women constructed in the Chinese advertisements reflects the traditional expectations of women, such as being beauty-conscious, romance-pursuing, and maternal love-representing, the identities of women found in the American advertisements are those of confidence and uniqueness. Our interview data indicate that these findings are reflections of respective cultural values in the two societies. That is, women in Chinese culture are still seen as being traditional whereas women in the United States are seen as independent and goal-driven.</p> Yansheng Mao Ximin v Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 5 1 123 146 10.1558/eap.38986