This is the first volume on bioethics all contributors of which are exclusively non-western scholars. The book unfolds a rich and colorful picture and addresses thorny bioethical issues from comprehensive Asian perspectives and different from the western paradigm of bioethics. It is of interest to senior undergraduate and graduate students, philosophers, physicians, scholars of Asian and culture studies, geneticists, sinologists, medical anthropologists, health administrators, and health officials.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Bioethics and Asian Culture - A Quest for Moral Diversity; Ren-Zong Qiu. I: The Foundations of Bioethics in Asia. Confucian and Western Notions of Human Need and Agency: Health Care and Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century; J. Tao Lai Po-Wah. Personhood and Bioethics: Chinese Perspective; E. Hui. The Foundations of a Possible Asian Bioethics; H. Sakamoto. Confucian Personhood and Bioethics: A Critical Appraisal; Po-Keung Ip. Rights or Virtues? Towards a Reconstructionist Confucian Bioethics; Ruiping Fan. II: Bioethics in Asian Culture: Global or Local? Philippine Culture and Bioethics; A.T. Alora. Living in Separation and Unequal Worlds: A Study in the Application of Bioethics; V. Manickavel. Medical Ethics and Communicative Ethics; Un-Jong Pak. 'Sakit' and 'Karamdamam': Towards Authenticity in the Filipino Concepts of Disease and Illness; L.D. de Castro, A.A.A. Alvarez. III: Life, Death, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care. Cloning Humans? Some Moral Considerations; Phee Seng Kang. Brain Death Criteria in Japan; K. Takeuchi. To Have a Good Birth as Well as a Good Death: The Chinese Traditional View of Life and Its Implications; Ming-Xian Shen. Life, Death and End-of-Life Care: Taoist Perspective; Ping Dong, Xiaoyan Wang. Euthanasia Should be Legalized in China: Personal Perspective; Da-Pu Shi, Lin Yu. IV: Bioethics, Policy and Law in Asia. Chinese Population Policy: Good Choice and Right Choice; Re-Feng Tang. Does Eugenics Exist in China? Ethical Issues in the Law on Maternal and Infant Health Care; Ren-Zong Qiu. AIDS, Policy and Bioethics: A New Bioethical Framework for China's HIV/AIDS Prevention; Yan-Guang Wang. Justice is to be Financed before it is to be Done: The Social Justice of the Hong Kong Public Health Care Reform; Ho-Mun Chan. Notes on Contributors. Index.