Bell bio This paper attempts to get beyond the rhetoric that has dogged the human rights debate and to identify relatively persuasive East Asian criticisms of traditional Western approaches to human rights. It distinguishes among three sorts of arguments for a culturally sensitive approach to human rights: 1 the argument that situation-specific justifications for the temporary curtailment of particular human rights can only be countered following the acquisition of substantial local knowledge; 2 the argument that East Asian cultural traditions may well provide the resources to justify and increase [End Page ] local commitment to values and practices that in the West are typically realized through a human rights regime; and 3 the argument that distinctive East Asian conceptions of vital human interests may justify some political practices that differ to some extent from human rights regimes typically endorsed in Western countries. However, there is not much point deliberating about the desirability of practices that all condemn at the level of principle. Some of these issues are contested on cultural grounds, others are a matter of how rights are prioritized in developing nations. Not [End Page ] all human rights values and practices typically endorsed in Western countries are automatically accepted elsewhere, and dialogue between interested parties may well help to identify areas of commonality and difference. A new discourse on human rights may be emerging in the East Asian region, currently the fastest growing part of the world.
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Human Rights Quarterly The "Asian values" debate is a recurring theme that is featured in recent works of many Western and non-Western experts on Asia. It reaffirms the message, which has become apparent since the early s, that Asian values account for the unprecedented Asian economic progress. However, since the end of the Cold War, the Asian values debate has been framed largely to counter Western universalist power and value projection. Many Asians have called for a "level playing field" that allows for renegotiating the basis for the global civil society and international human rights. As such, the debate has refocused scholarly attention on a classic question: Are certain cultural values or value-shifts--both at individual and societal levels--essential for the realization of people's democratic demands and human rights? A serious discourse has been brewing on the issue of international human rights, spurring a fruitful framework to discuss matters of value dominance, epistemic hegemony, intercultural hermeneutic, and intercivilizational dialogue.
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As a journalist he was an editor of Fortune magazine and later served on several presidential committees. His work as chairman of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Year led to the publication of a collection of futuristic essays and discussions by some of the finest minds of the century. His teaching career included posts at Chicago, Columbia, and Harvard universities. In Bell's best-known book, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society , he analyzed the emerging role of information technology in the West. He was among the first scholars to realize that the production of information and knowledge would eclipse manufacturing in the developed world.