Circles and Squares

Insights into Korea's Sudden Rise

Emanuel appointed to committee on new media contents

Emanuel was appointed to Seoul Metropolitan City’s “Committee on New Media Contents” on October 1. This committee is described in this manner.

“As part of the greater effort to make Seoul a hub for media, Seoul Metropolitian City has launched a Seoul has launched an on-line comprehensive media system known as “Seoul in My Hand” (내손안에 서울) that builds on a foundation of citizen journalists and experts.”





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Emanuel Pastreich

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日本語 著書

エマニュエル パストリッチ

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한국어 기고문

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 Emanuel Pastreich (이만열)




인생은 속도가 아니라 방향이다




세계의 석학들 한국의 미래를 말하다




한국인만 모르는 다른 대한민국




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English Publications

”将俗语当做文学: 论中国通俗小说的流传如何扩展韩国和日本的文学范畴“ 【贝一明 (Emanuel Pastreich)】



贝一明 (Emanuel Pastreich)


首尔大学 人文大学 东亚文化研究所
东亚文化 (39辑)
2001年 12月

”将俗语当做文学: 论中国通俗小说的流传如何扩展韩国和日本的文学范畴“

”東アジア――武器よさらば” (ザ・ハフィントン・ポスト・ジャパン 2014年 10月  20日)



2014年 10月  20日

エマニュエル パストリッチ




オバマ政権のアジア重視戦略 (いわゆるアジア基軸は、この地域の紛争に関するアメリカの軍事的対応の最新版にすぎない。長年、ワシントンは東アジアの同盟国に高価なアメリカ製武器システムの導入と国防予算の増額を押しつけてきた。悲劇的にも、アメリカの軍事的福音の大団円は大惨劇ともいえる紛争に終わるかもしれず、それがアメリカの東アジアの影響に終止符を打つものとなるかも知れない。

東アジアの経済的繁栄は世界の羨望の的である。しかし、近年東アジアでの軍事支出の増加の勢いが100年前のヨーロッパを彷彿とさせるものとみなしても、あながち間違いではないであろう。実際、東アジアの国々は世界の軍事支出の上位を占めている。中国の軍事支出は世界第2位、日本は第8位、そして韓国は第10位とその順位を上げている。また、世界第3位のロシアの地政学的に極東での役割は重要であり、同国は中国、韓国との環境強化にも乗り出している。オーストラリアは世界第13位であり、東アジアにおける存在感を高めている。 Read more of this post

“To Regulate or Deregulate” (JoongAng Daily October 13, 2014)

JoongAng Daily

“To Regulate or Deregulate”

October 13, 2014


Many Koreans lament that Korea remains a strict culture that does not allow for creativity or self-expression such as one finds in so-called advanced nations. I am not sure that those Western countries are as open or as imaginative as Koreans think they are – but that is a different issue. What is curious for me, as a foreigner living in Korea, is that I tend to notice places where Korea needs more strictness and regulation.

For example, as most internationals living in Korea will surely understand, Korea needs to get serious about punishing traffic violations. On a daily basis I witness men on motorcycles who ride recklessly on the sidewalk – illegally – without any concern for the safety of pedestrians. Sometimes these men carry heavy loads of pipes or other construction materials that make their daredevil weaving between pedestrians even more treacherous. I witnessed a terrible accident involving a small child who was hit by a food delivery man of this “fast delivery nation” soon after I first came to live here. That memory still haunts me.

Korea owes it to its own citizens to make sure its sidewalks are safe for pedestrians. Automobiles and motorcycles should be forced to give pedestrians the right of way in every case. As Korea develops, its cities must increasingly be designed for people, not for automobiles.

Towards that goal, it is entirely legitimate, or even essential, that the police hand out substantial fines to those who violate traffic laws, and that motorcyclists who use sidewalks as if they were streets should be subject to the strictest punishments. If Korea’s police become proactive in imposing safety regulations in transportation, including swift suspension of licenses for those with more than one offense, and even jail sentences for serious violations, the country could be transformed and may become a model for the rest of Asia.

Another area that Korea needs to get tough in is on regulations concerning the appearance of buildings and stores. The nations that we admire most for their urban environments, like Switzerland, have detailed rules concerning how owners maintain their houses, including rules for what forms of windows, roofs, plaster and exterior decoration are permitted. Read more of this post

Emanuel’s talk at Peking University Department of Chinese Literature (October 11, 2014)

I had the great honor of presenting a paper about my research concerning the reception of Chinese vernacular narrative in Korea and Japan at the Chinese Department of Peking University on October 11. I received many extremely thoughtful questions from the audience and had a chance to exchange opinions with some leading figures in literary studies.

Professor Jiang Hongsheng of the Department of Chinese (and Department of Comparative Literature) at Peking University kindly introduces my talk.

Professor Jiang Hongsheng of the Department of Chinese (and Department of Comparative Literature) at Peking University kindly introduces my talk.

I introduce my book on the reception of Chinese narrative in Edo Japan "The Observable Mundane"

I introduce my book on the reception of Chinese narrative in Edo Japan “The Observable Mundane”

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“규제 엄격해진다고 자유 잃는 건 아니다” (중앙일보 2014년 10월 11일)


“규제 엄격해진다고 자유 잃는 건 아니다”

2014년 10월 11일


임마누엘 페스트라이쉬



많은 한국인은 선진국에 비해 개인의 창의성 발현이나 자기표현에 인색한 한국 문화를 아쉬워한다. 그런 서구 ‘선진국’은 실제로 한국인이 생각하는 것만큼 개방적이거나 창의적인 문화 속에 살고 있는지는 사실 확신이 서지 않는다. 이는 아마 다른 차원의 문제이리라. 다만 한국에 사는 외국인 입장에서 흥미로운 사실은 한국인들이 보다 더 엄격한 규제가 필요한 곳들이 의외로 많이 눈에 띈다는 점이다. Read more of this post


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