Human Insecurity in East Asia

Overview

Threats to human security aren't always as cataclysmic as a war or natural disaster. Often they are as subtle as a slowrising tide, whose calamitous nature remains unknown till it breaks out as a monstrous flood.

East Asia, no stranger to regional wars or major natural disasters, is also known as the best performer in the United Nations poverty reduction program. The essays in this volume look into the interior of this dynamic and vibrant region to examine the many subtle as ...

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Overview

Threats to human security aren't always as cataclysmic as a war or natural disaster. Often they are as subtle as a slowrising tide, whose calamitous nature remains unknown till it breaks out as a monstrous flood.

East Asia, no stranger to regional wars or major natural disasters, is also known as the best performer in the United Nations poverty reduction program. The essays in this volume look into the interior of this dynamic and vibrant region to examine the many subtle as well as obvious threats to safe and secure life. The book calls attention to the less obvious threats to human security and how people and communities face them.

Woven from first-hand observations of life at various sites in East Asia, the narratives illuminate how uncanny the threats to human security can be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811643
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2009
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michio Umegaki is professor of the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University (Japan). Lynn Thiesmeyer is professor of the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University. Atsushi Watabe is research fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii

Contributors x

Acknowledgements xii

Abbreviations xiv

Introduction - East Asia in a human security perspective Michio Umegaki 1

Part I Living with human insecurity 19

1 Embracing human insecurity: Agent Orange-Dioxin and the legacies of the war in Viet Nam Michio Umegaki Vu Le Thao Chi Tran Duc Phan 21

2 The ageing community: Human insecurity in a "developed" society Satoshi Watanabe 47

3 Choice of their own, choice from their need: People on the move in rural northeast Thailand Atsushi Watabe Chaicharn Wongsamun 72

4 Rural changes and ageing in human insecurity in northern Thailand Liwa Pardthaisong-Chaipanich 100

Part II Intervening in Human insecurity 119

5 Landlessness and development: Policy purposes and policy outcomes in Southeast Asia Lynn Thiesmeyer 121

6 Policy coordination beyond borders: Japan-China environmental policy practices in Shenyang and Chengdu, China Wang Xue-ping Yoshika Sekine 144

7 ASEAN migrant workers: From poverty to human-security-based competitiveness Patcharawalai Wongboonsin 165

8 Pesticide dependence in agriculture: Policy for productivity and policy for security in Viet Nam Tran Duc Vien Pharm Van Hoi 191

9 Creating a Community: Ageing in urban Japan Daisuke Watanabe 211

10 Human security practices in a highland minority project Lynn Thiesmeyer Seewigaa Kittiyoungkun 232

Epilogue - Research in human insecurity Michio Umegaki 260

Index 269

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