Human Insecurity in East Asia

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  • Edited Michio Umegaki, Lynn Thiesmeyer and Atsushi Watabe

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    ISBN-10: 9280811649,
    ISBN-13: 9789280811643
    United Nations University Press
    May 2009

    Threats to human security do not necessarily take cataclysmic forms such as war or natural disaster. Nor does human insecurity exist solely within a suspended living environment like refugee camps. Often threats to human security are as subtle as a slow-rising tide, whose calamitous nature remains unknown till it breaks as a monstrous flood. The essays in this volume call attention to these less obvious threats to human security and how people and communities face them. Woven from the first-hand observations of life at various sites in East Asia, the narratives in these essays illuminate how uncanny the threats to human security can be.

    East Asia, no stranger to regional wars or major natural disasters, is also known as the best performer in the United Nations poverty reduction program. The essays in this volume explore the interior of this dynamic and vibrant region and examine ordinary life as it illustrates the ubiquitous subtlety and obvious threats to safe and secure life.

    Michio Umegaki is Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University.

    Lynn Thiesmeyer is Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University.

    Atsushi Watabe is Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

    Table of contents

    • Introduction: Human security and East Asia, Michio Umegaki

    Part I: Living with human insecurity

    • Embracing human insecurity: Agent Orange-Dioxin and the legacies of the war in Vietnam, Michio Umegaki, Vu Le Thao Chi and Tran Duc Phan
    • The ageing community: Human insecurity in a ‘developed’ society, Satoshi Watanabe
    • Choice of their own, choice of their need: People on the move in Isaan in Northeast Thailand, Atsushi Watabe and Chaicharn Wongsamun
    • Rural changes and ageing in human insecurity in Northern Thailand, Liwa Pardthaisong-Chaipanich

    Part II: Intervening with human insecurity

    • Landlessness and development? Policy purposes and policy outcomes in Southeast Asia, Lynn Thiesmeyer
    • Policy coordination beyond borders: Japan-China environmental policy practices in Shenyang and Chengdu, China, Wang Xue-ping and Yoshika Sekine
    • ASEAN migrant workers: From poverty to human security-based competitiveness, Patcharawalai Wongboonsin
    • Pesticide dependence in agriculture: Policy for productivity and policy for security in Vietnam, Tran Duc Vien and Pham Van Hoi
    • Creating a community: Urban ageing in Japan, Daisuke Watanabe
    • Human security practises in a northern Thai minority project, Lynn Thiesmeyer and Seewiga Kittyuongkun
    • Epilogue: Research in human insecurity, Michio Umegaki