Asia Rights

Journal of Human Rights, Media and Society in Asia and the Pacific

MY VISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, by Kim Sunyeoul

“For a long time now, there has been a widespread sense that ‘the earth is foundering’.

But recently I have started to think that perhaps it is not only the environment, but also the human heart that is “foundering”.

I can’t help wondering, “what sort of society is this, where people flaunt their intellectual knowledge and status, while society full of unjust government and widening gaps between rich and poor?”

If we acknowledge our differences, accept one another, look each other in the eye, talk to one another, perhaps we can do something, act, even with very small power…? I want to try to walk together, using the sensitivity of art and the ideas of philosophy,

I cannot forget the Korean notion of “han”, which does not mean resentment.

That this breeze may blow   !

Kim Sun-Yeoul, a Korean resident in Japan born Osaka, is the founder of “Param Sendai” [“Breeze from Sendai”], a group bringing together members of the local Korean ethinc community and majority Japanese in the northern Japanese city of Sendai. She has also worked to link Japanese and Southeast Asian women through fair trade schemes focused on traditional textiles.

The Korean concept of “han” referes to a profound sense of sorrow evoked by injustice.

WHAT DOES HUMAN RIGHTS MEAN TO YOU? If you have a vision of human rights to share, we would like to hear from you. Send your vision to the editors at tessams1@yahoo.co.jp

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