Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Asia Institute Seminar The Fight to preserve our soil and our future: “Culture is our greatest asset”

The Asia Institute Seminar

The Fight to preserve our soil and our future: “Culture is our greatest asset”

December 20, 2012


With David Montgomery


Department of Earth and Space Sciences

University of Washington

Professor Montgomery, professor of geomorphology and topography at University of Washington and recipient of the MacArthur fellowship, has researched the impact of soil and water on civilizations over the last several thousand years. He has uncovered disturbing long-term implications of our current use of land that should cause everyone to stop and think. His book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations has garnered international attention for its succinct description of the value and fragility of soil, and argues that soil should be considered as a geostrategic resource. Once soil is gone, he suggests, it cannot be easily replaced, and the rate of the increase in the demand for food in the coming century will force us to consider the sustainability of agriculture to our lives.

Emanuel Pastreich

Why is it that desertification and the loss of soil does not get the attention it deserves at high-level discussions concerning the environment?

David Montgomery

Well, desertification does tend to be the forgotten issue. If we look at the areas of the world that are most venerable to climate change, there are three that immediately come to mind. One is coastal regions that are immediately impacted by rising sea levels. The second is the boreal regions where the frozen tundra that is now heating up and profoundly effecting the environment. That trend, combined with the melting of the icecaps will have deep implications for our climate. Both of these trends have received substantial attention. The third is the semi-arid regions around the world that get less attention but have the broadest impact for human settlements. Semi-arid regions are quite sensitive to climate shifts and also to even small changes in  [more] 



The Korean Wave Extends to Shamanism

Emanuel Pastreich

The Korean Wave Extends to Shamanism

December 29, 2012

The Korean Wave is taking off in many unexpected directions these days. Moving beyond K Pop and gory movies to offer that something that is missing in our rather vapid global lives. I had heard about efforts to take Korean oriental medicine global, but I did not know that the traditional shamans, women (for the most part) who use their powers over the supernatural to rid people of the “random spirits” (japgui 잡귀)that invade their spiritual aura and set them back in their lives. Well the shamans are posed to step into the limelight and seize the moment as harbingers of Korea’s latest technological innovation, or should we say Korea’s oldest technology: expelling wandering ghosts. Read more of this post

Asia Institute Insight: Does National Security exist in slow motion?


Does National Security exist in slow motion?


link here


Recent Asia Institute Seminars

Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology as a UNESCO Centre

The Asia Institute produces Proposal for Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology as a UNESCO Category-II Centre

November 25, 2012

Emanuel Pastreich, working together with Joa Lee and the Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET) prepared a proposal for the promotion of that centre to a UNESCO Category-II Centre. The report involved extensive research of policies for the encouragement of girls and women to pursue careers in the sciences that are being pursued around the world.

link to The Asia Institute note

“희망의이유 70] 임마누엘교수의한국표류기” 환경연합 함께 사는 길



2012 11


희망의이유 70] 임마누엘교수의한국표류기


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미국에서 태어나고 자란 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬(49세) 씨는 어려서부터 슈퍼맨보다는 공자, 맹자에 더 끌렸다. 그들의 사상과 가르침을 배우고자 스물두 살의 임마누엘은 눈앞에 높인 쉬운 길을 포기하고 대만으로 건너갔다. 영어를 내려놓고 그 나라의 말과 글을 배우고 그 나라의 말과 글로 그들의 가르침과 사상, 고전문학들을 알아갔다. 그래도 부족했던지 그는 대만에서 일본으로 건너가 일본의 고전문학과 문화를 배웠다. 일본을 거쳐 한국을 찾은 그는 박지원의 소설을 읽고 정약용의 사상에 고개를 끄덕이며 한국을 마음에 담았다. 20대를 대만, 일본, 한국에서 보내고 서른두 살 임마누엘 씨는 미국으로 돌아가 그가 배운 것들을 펼쳤다.
그리고 어느덧 중년의 신사가 된 그는 한국을 다시 찾았다. 젊은 날 그가 배운 한국의 고전문학과 전통을 한국 학생들에게 전하기 위해서다.  Read more of this post

Emanuel’s chapter in “The Cultural DNA of Koreans” (Amore Mundi Publishers; December 2012).


Emanuel has a chapter on “Ritual and Propriety” in the newly released book

“The Cultural DNA of Koreans” (Amore Mundi Publishers; December 2012).


The book features chapters by scholars and artists from various fields about the essential aspects of Korea’s cultural tradition and how they can be integrated into contemporary culture.


In Korean:


이만열은 새로 출간 된 책 한국인의 문화유전자 에서 chapter 있어요


한국인의 문화유전자




아모르문디 출판사  (2012.12)



Emanuel Appears on TBS “Inside Out” to discuss book and current Korean culture

Emanuel Pastreich appears on Inside Out with radio host Walter Foreman on TBS eFM 101.3 Seoul on 27 November 2012. The event was held to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Inside Out and included a live audience of …

For more on the show go to “Inside Out”

Asia Institute Joins the Interdependence movement

Asia Institute joins the Interdependence Movement   The Asia Institute has become a proud member of the Interdependence Movement and the Interdependence Day .