312_vGuide_Burma_India_PRC - ASAN 312(Pollard Contemporary...

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ASAN 312 (Pollard) Contemporary Asian Civilization 3 March 2009 Having been assigned to read Aat Vervourn’s chapter on “Human Rights” ( Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , pp. 69-88), you are in a position to answer the following five questions: 1. From your point of view, what is the basis (grounds) for human rights? 2. Are some human rights more fundamental than others? And if so, how do you rank these rights? What is the basis for your claim, i.e., for your assertion that your ranking is correct? 3. How much variety is evident among Asian human rights traditions? 4. What (if anything) can the Euro-American legalistic approach to human rights learn from any of the Asian traditions? 5. Conversely, what can people associated with any Asian tradition learn from other Asian approaches ? What evidence is there that they have, in fact, been influencing one another? Today, we begin viewing three video and DVD excerpts on human rights in Asia. They are a window into debates on culture, politics, media and human rights. For each video, ask: “What is the implicit or explicit basis for any claims (or assumption) of human rights for the people to
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ASAN 312 taught by Professor Pollard during the Spring '09 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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