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What is the reason for many Chinese people to use terms like 'brother and sister' when addressing close friends and relatives?

Answer

As a sign of respect because of the importance of families.

After the Cultural Revolution, there was a shift towards emphasizing the importance of family values in China, which is why many Chinese people now use familial terms to address close friends and relatives as a sign of respect. This cultural tradition is also influenced by Confucianism, which places a high value on filial piety and maintaining strong family relationships.