Bang Jung Whan – The Korean Pioneer of Children’s Rights

Bang Jung Whan – The Korean Pioneer of Children’s Rights Almost a century ago, when the international community was becoming aware of the importance of children and the concept of children’s rights, a visionary pioneer from Korea also initiated a children’s movement. The concept of children’s rights is commonly believed to be a Western concept. But Bang Jung Whan was also advocating for the realisation of what the contemporary international community is still grappling with. This article introduces Bang Jung Whan (1899–1931) who is better known in Korea for his work in children’s literature. Respect for the human dignity of children characterises his philosophical foundation. This article examines Bang Jung Whan’s contribution to children’s rights. Links will be made to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Children's Rights Brill

Bang Jung Whan – The Korean Pioneer of Children’s Rights

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Brill | Nijhoff
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© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Articles
ISSN
0927-5568
eISSN
1571-8182
D.O.I.
10.1163/15718182-02302002
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Abstract

Almost a century ago, when the international community was becoming aware of the importance of children and the concept of children’s rights, a visionary pioneer from Korea also initiated a children’s movement. The concept of children’s rights is commonly believed to be a Western concept. But Bang Jung Whan was also advocating for the realisation of what the contemporary international community is still grappling with. This article introduces Bang Jung Whan (1899–1931) who is better known in Korea for his work in children’s literature. Respect for the human dignity of children characterises his philosophical foundation. This article examines Bang Jung Whan’s contribution to children’s rights. Links will be made to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Journal

The International Journal of Children's RightsBrill

Published: Jun 9, 2015

Keywords: Bang Jung Whan; Convention on the Rights of the Child; fundamental human rights of children; Three Commitments for Children; Children’s Day

References

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