LGBT rights versus Asian values: de/re-constructing the universality of human rights

Lee, Po-Han (2016) LGBT rights versus Asian values: de/re-constructing the universality of human rights. International Journal of Human Rights, 20 (7). pp. 978-992. ISSN 1364-2987

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Abstract

Law, especially from the international human rights regime, is a direct reference on which minority groups rely when it comes to ‘non-discrimination’. Drawing upon LGBT rights in Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, this article – through an application of K.H. Chen’s (2010) Asia as Method – critically reviews how global LGBT politics interact with local societies influenced by Confucianism. Along a perpetual competition between the universalism and cultural relativism of human rights, this article not only identifies the pitfalls of ‘Asian values’ from a cosmopolitan perspective but also contributes to a queered approach to human rights-holders against homonationalism.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Asia as method, Asian values, cultural relativism, human rights, LGBT rights, universality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Depositing User: Mr. Po-Han Lee
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 07:38
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61900

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