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Eugenics from an East Asian Perspective

Benjamin Wong

Published: 2002/03/01

Abstract

Eugenics may be defined as the science of improving the gene pool of a particular population through selective breeding. This paper looks at how East Asians view the subject of eugenics, as compared to Western Caucasian populations. Emphasis is placed on how the East Asians' underlying conception of family and society, their pragmatism, and their realistic view of kinship, ethnicity and race have rendered them more receptive to the idea of eugenics. Viable non-coercive eugenic proposals that have the potential of taking place in the West in the future are discussed.