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Presentation Title

Children and the Clash of Culture: When Should We Intervene?

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Elizabeth Mao Medina, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 423

Abstract

If you discovered your neighbor broke her four-year-old daughter’s foot for the sake of beauty, would you intervene? Now, imagine you witness this scene as a visitor in Eighteenth-Century China, where footbinding was not only an accepted practice, but a sign of high culture. Would your status as an outsider change your decision? I will investigate one’s responsibility to step in when children who cannot consent undergo practices that seem cruel to an outsider but are accepted in their culture. I will keep in mind how my unique American identity has shaped my view as I address this ethical dilemma.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 2:40 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 4:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Justice and the Law

Field of Study for Presentation

Asian Studies, Philosophy, Social Justice, Sociology and Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies

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Apr 8th, 2:40 PM Apr 8th, 4:00 PM

Children and the Clash of Culture: When Should We Intervene?

Young 423

If you discovered your neighbor broke her four-year-old daughter’s foot for the sake of beauty, would you intervene? Now, imagine you witness this scene as a visitor in Eighteenth-Century China, where footbinding was not only an accepted practice, but a sign of high culture. Would your status as an outsider change your decision? I will investigate one’s responsibility to step in when children who cannot consent undergo practices that seem cruel to an outsider but are accepted in their culture. I will keep in mind how my unique American identity has shaped my view as I address this ethical dilemma.