No One Left Behind: Sustaining Chinese Heritage in the Face of AIDS
"A person walking with his head down never fully appreciates the splendor on his journey. The beauty of life is not about the goal but the process."
China has long intended to maintain a virtually closed economy. Not until 1979 when its leader, the late Deng Xiaping, announced a visionary “open policy” did China start to gradually interact with the global community. Its economy has since grown significantly. Underneath the numerical and material enhancements, however, there is a booming medical crisis left behind.
According to a 2003 joint survey by WHO and UNAIDS, China has over 800,000 people infected with HIV/AIDS, a figure that is estimated to reach 20 million by 2010. This epidemic has already imposed explicit and implicit harms across many autonomous villages, municipals and provinces. Having one of the largest populations and thus social endowments in the world, this paper outlines how China has gradually moved ahead and shifted towards sustainable development on this imminent pandemic. The social and cultural impacts of sustainability in dealing with AIDS/HIV in China are addressed utilizing Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development and the ethical concepts of moral approbation and fiduciary responsibility. Given the far-reaching ramifications of this pandemic, sustaining China’s heritage is a local and global concern.
Keywords: Chinese Heritage, HIV/AIDS, Business Ethics
Mr. Yu Ching Lee
MBA Graduate Assistant, Graduate Assistant, Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Michele Simms
Assistant Professor of Management, Cameron School of Business