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Filial piety and human rights: A critical perspective on their naturality

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2016, (23), pp.29-53
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : June 30, 2016

Hong-Jae Park 1 Park Young Suk 2

1The University of Auckland
2성산효대학원대학교

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ABSTRACT

Filial piety is known as the tradition of caring and support for parents and elderly relatives in East Asian culture. This tradition not only emphasizes hierarchal duties or exchanges, but also value equal reciprocity between generations. The relationship between the parent and the child is formed by birth prior to any other human relationships. Human rights are considered as European-Western norms emphasizing that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity and socio-economic status. These two different concepts have a mutually shared feature: that is, naturality – both are inherent to all individuals. Based on this understanding, the article discusses the re-interpretation of modern filial piety using the principles of human rights, and then suggests a human rights-based approach to filial piety.

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