He concluded by posing a challenge: Can the East offer an alternative vision of the values needed for a better world? Here are 10 such values that East Asia represents. We agree that every individual is important. However, he or she is not an isolated being, but a member of a nuclear and extended family, clan, neighborhood, community, nation and state.
China’s Traditional Cultural Values and National Identity
Human Rights and Asian Values | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Alfred M. This is a personal contribution to this issue of the Review. A lively debate throughout the s on the universal nature of rights and values, and whether these are compatible with the values and concepts of rights common to Asian peoples, has attracted the attention of politicians and scholars in Asia and elsewhere. Its political, economic, social, cultural and moral ramifications, its substance, its name, the characterization of the issues, and even the identity and position of many of the individuals who have chosen to take a stand on it or on issues they see as inextricably related, have provoked clashes [1 ].
Human Rights and Asian Values
The cultural values of a country influence its national psychology and identity. The traditional cultural values that influence the psyche of the Chinese people are harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and filial piety. Of these, the core value is harmony. Rationale refers to acting according to objective laws and truths. Propriety indicates suitability and appropriateness.
Amartya Sen, Morgenthau Memorial Lecture, In , just when the Declaration of Independence was being adopted in this country, Thomas Paine complained, in Common Sense , that Asia had "long expelled" freedom. In this lament, Paine saw Asia in company with much of the rest of the world America, he hoped, would be different.