Lexington Books, Lanham, 2014, xi, 262 pp.: ill.
Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia approaches human rights issues from the perspective of artists and writers in global Asia. By focusing on the interventions of writers, artists, filmmakers, and dramatists, the book moves toward a new understanding of human rights that shifts the discussion of contexts and subjects away from the binaries of cultural relativism and political sovereignty. From Ai Wei Wei and Michael Ondaatje, to Umar Kayam, Saryang Kim, Lia Zixin, and Noor Zaheer, among others, this volume takes its lead from global Asian artists, powerfully re-orienting thinking about human rights subjects and contexts to include the physical, spiritual, social, ecological, cultural, and the transnational. Looking at a range of work from Tibet, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Macau as well as Asian diasporic communities, this book puts forward an understanding of global Asia that underscores “Asia” as a global site. It also highlights the continuing importance of nation-states and specific geographical entities, while stressing the ways that the human rights subject breaks out of these boundaries.
Human rights and the arts in global Asia : conceptualizing contexts / Lily Cho and Susan J. Henders
Love the future : Ai Weiwei and art for human rights / Alice Ming Wai Jim "September" : seeing religion and rights in Burma / Alicia Turner
Impacts and legacies of war on human rights: perspectives from Dương Thu Hương's Novel without a name / Van Nguyen-Marshall
Incendiary material : ethnicity and the Sri Lankan civil conflict in Anil's ghost and Wilting laughter / Arun Nedra Rodrigo
Literary lament of a death foretold : Tibetan writers on the forced settlement of herders / Françoise Robin
Reading peasant rights to livelihood in Umar Kayam's Sri Sumarah and Bawuk / Mary M. Young
The river, the people and the state(s) : Padma nadir majhi as a meditation on ecology and human rights / Afsan Chowdhury
Abuse and its aftermath: Kim Saryang's Into the light, Joy Kogawa's Obasan, and Yuasa Katsue's Red dates / Theodore W. Goossen
Chasing the monster: the representation of Korean residents in Japan and human rights in Oshima Nagisa's film Death by hanging / Jooyeon Rhee
Human rights and human wrongs : reading Shama Futehally's Reaching Bombay Central and Noor Zaheer's A life in transit / Arun P. Mukherjee
Intersectionality, hybridity, and the minority rights subject: the Macanese of Macau in literature, film, and law / Susan J. Henders
Human rights and the poetics of "migritude": South Asian diasporic spoken word / Sailaja Krishnamurti
Universal rights and separate universes : local/national identities, global power, and the modeling and representing of human rights in Indonesian performance arts / Michael Bodden
Confucius institutes, human rights, and global Asia / Lily Cho
Lily Cho is associate professor of English at York University.