Monthly Archives: May 2012

“외국학생의 한국어 능력 떨어지는 까닭” (서울신문)


2012년 5월 16일

“외국학생의 한국어 능력 떨어지는 까닭”

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 

전 세계적으로 한국어 교육 열풍이 일고 있다. 한국 대학에서 한국어로 강의하는 수업을 듣는 외국인 학생들의 수도 상당히 늘어났다. 한국인들은 한국어를 배우려는 외국인들을 낯설어하면서도 상당히 잘해 주려고 한다. 그러나 애석하게도 그러한 친절함이 도리어 부정적인 결과를 가져오기도 한다. 가장 심각한 문제는 많은 외국학생이 고급 한국어를 구사할 정도로 배우지 못하고 있으며, 복잡한 내용의 표현이나 멋들어진 에세이를 쓰지 못한다. 이는 부분적으로 한국어 교재의 부재, 혹은 한국어 교육지침이 제대로 되어 있지 않기 때문이다. 그러나 더욱 큰 문제는 한국어를 배우려는 외국인들에 대한 한국인의 선입견에 있다.
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Asia Institute Seminar with John Feffer (April, 2012)

Asia Institute Seminar

21st April 2012

“Engaging North Korea”



John Feffer

Author of

North Korea/South Korea: US Policy and the Korean Peninsula, Power Trip: US Unilateralism and Global Strategy After 9/11

& Crusade 2.0

Co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus

The Institute for Policy Studies

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“Every Practitioner of International Relations Should Major in Literature” (essay)

Emanuel Pastreich

“Every Practitioner of International Relations Should Major in Literature”

May 14, 2012

The Study of Literature and International Relations

There is a general assumption in the study of international relations that one should have a strong background in economics, development policy or the study of international relations if one wishes to play a significant role in diplomacy or security, whether that role is in government itself, or in the broad range of disciplines related to the global exchanges between NGOs, governments and corporations.

Well, as someone who did not take a single economics class as an undergraduate, and who did not start following international relations with any real seriousness until I was already a professor at University of Illinois, I feel a need to justify why I came to both write about international relations, and to be involved in a variety of activities related to international relations and Read more of this post

Political and Apolitical Reasons for Drinking Coffee in Korea

When I wrote the article about the “Café Revolution in Korea,” I did not go into a sufficient consideration of what is driving this craze for cafes. I would say that they make no economic sense. There seem to be cafes sprouting up on every corner and in the case of the road leading up the Kyung Hee University, I would go as far as to say that it is almost wall to wall coffee shops, many empty. Read more of this post

Asia Institute Seminar “Korea’s New Role as Global Development Partner”

Asia Institute Seminar

  “Korea’s New Role as Global Development Partner”

May 25, 2012 (Friday)

6:30 PM


Peter M. Beck, Korea Representative for the Asia Foundation

Emanuel Pastreich, Director, The Asia Institute



Ki-Hwan Kim, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Korea Development Institute

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“The Critical New Role of the Traditional Hanok House” (essay by Emanuel Pastreich)

 The Critical New Role of the Traditional Hanok House

Emanuel Pastreich

9 May 2012

At a time that Koreans are playing such a critical role in the most advanced fields of technology, biotechnology, electronics, new materials and nano technology, there is one field of technology in which Korea has been losing ground and that has potential to be a billion dollar industry with profound implications for Korea’s global standing.

That field of technology is the traditional skills of carpentry and design associated with the building of the traditional Korean hanok house  (한옥).  Although few youth would consider this field of technology from the past as interesting career in an age in which new fields of science are opening up, a strong argument can be made that a massive investment in the technology of the hanok house is exactly what Korea needs at this point in its economic development. Read more of this post


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(韓国経済新聞 2012年4月20日)

イ・マンヨル慶煕大教授 (訳注:本名は”Emanuel Pastreich”米国生まれ)


国際社会でサムスンやLGのような主要ブランドは良く知られ、特に優秀な品質で定評がある。し かし、世界中の人々にとって韓国という国は相変らずよく分からない国に過ぎない。米国の人々 は現代自動車を走らせサムスンテレビを見ながらも彼らが韓国と関連して新聞で見るのはソウル でおきることではなく、北朝鮮の長距離ロケット発射や北核問題程度だ。 Read more of this post

“The value of hanok traditional Korean architecture” (article in MK Economic News in Korean)



2012년 5월 2일

한옥, 세계 최고상품 될 수 있다”

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United States Embassy in Seoul

Seoul against plastic surgery

At a time when I wince every time I see young women on television who have had their features so completely remodeled to match some computer-generated ideal, I found this sign, in English posted around Seoul this week. I do not know who put the stickers on walls and telephone poles, or why it is in English, but the stickers are intriguing nevertheless.