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The Evolution of the Human Rights Discourse: constitutional and governmental changes from Late-Qing to modern China

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dc.contributor.advisor Glassman, Hank Yung, Sirinada Nina 2019-09-02T18:16:12Z 2019-09-02T18:16:12Z 2019
dc.description Sirinada Nina Yung was a Bryn Mawr College student.
dc.description.abstract China’s long and vibrant history allows for the longitudinal study of events in order to contextualize and understand certain occurrences. More specifically, it grants a greater understanding of China’s relationship with the human rights discourse. The Late-Qing ended with a dissolution of an empire system and proposed an outline for a constitution due to pressures from intellectuals arguing for a better form of governance that would grant them more freedom and rights. However, a closer look at the outline and following constitutions during the People’s Republic of China, coupled with a contextualization of events reveals the true intent of those in power. The brief and unstable years of the following Republic of China paved the way for Mao Zedong and his supporters to form the People’s Republic of China under a platform of eliminating class struggle and granting more rights to the peasantry. Yet the platform was quickly ignored in favor of Mao’s pursuit of a socialist government that severely infringed upon people’s rights as seen in events such as the Hundred Flowers Campaign. The pattern can also be seen again in the seemingly different capitalist-based Deng government. Through close readings of constitutions of China’s governments, the tracking of the evolution of human rights in China – or lack thereof – reveals that different forms of governments have instead used Chinese ideology and rhetoric as mechanisms of maintaining power.
dc.description.sponsorship Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional history -- China
dc.subject.lcsh Human rights -- China
dc.title The Evolution of the Human Rights Discourse: constitutional and governmental changes from Late-Qing to modern China
dc.type Thesis
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