Monthly Archives: March 2013

Monumenta Nipponica Review by Peter Flueckiger

The March 2013 edition of Monumenta Nipponica includes a review of my book The Observable Mundane: Vernacular Chinese and the Emergence f a Literary Discourse on Popular Narrative in Edo Japan (Seoul National University Press) by Peter Flueckiger of Pomona College. I think the review is quite thoughtful and points out the  major problematic in my study of the status of Chinese vernacular narrative within the intellectual discourse of the Edo period.

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MN review of Pastreich’s Visible Mundane Flueckiger

A tribute to my mother Marie Louise Rouff

I would like to pay tribute to my mother Marie Louise Rouff, a woman I believe to be a remarkable artist. She continues to paint every day and produce a remarkable arrange of vivid paintings. I remember as a child living in a home full of the smell of paint and paint thinners. In some respects I did not enjoy all the benefits of richer kids I knew because of the decisions my mother made, but I always supported her in her efforts. He choice was at a deep level also my choice. I learned an immense amount from her over the years both through what she said, she painted, and she did. And she remains my closest confident in all matters.

She was, after all, the one who thought me that if you want to change the world, you must first change how people see the world. If you want to change how people see the world, you must do so with art or literature. That is literally the only way to do so. Politicians and diplomats can never have that sort of power. Only artists can have that sort of impact.

Marie Louise Rouff in her  Studio in Martha's Vineyard

Marie Louise Rouff in her Studio in Martha’s Vineyard

She has moved over the years to monotypes and away from her still life works of apples and pears that I remember from the 1970s.


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MNTV.NET Seoul starts TV broadcasts in multiple foreign languages:

Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched MNTV.NET, an experimental broadcast system for information about life in Seoul. Although the content is rather limited, the idea is quite novel because of the wide range of languages offered. It appears that the plan is to address not so much foreign tourists, as non-Koreans living in Seoul. That is to


say, to treat foreigners as citizens of the city. Here are the languages featured in the broadcasts:








Sinhala (Sri Lanka)





「東アジアの軍事的資源を環境保護のために」『日本の科学者』 2013年4月号

「東アジアの軍事的資源を環境保護のために」『日本の科学者』 2013年4月号


Pastreich (1) 環境保護

아시아인스티튜트 벤자민 바버교수 세미나 (조선일보)


2013년 3월 26일

김경은 기자

“글로벌 리더? 동네 일부터 챙길 줄 알아야죠”

벤저민 바버 교수, 국제화 교육 강연서 “시야 좁혀라” 주문

“자녀가 세계와 소통하는 글로벌 리더십을 갖추길 바란다고요? 그렇다면 아이가 싸이의 노래뿐만 아니라 정의·시민의 책임·기후변화·환경 문제를 국제적 차원의 이슈로 파악할 수 있도록 가르쳐야 합니다. 특히 기후는 내가 살고 있는 마을 단위에서의 작은 노력만으로도 깨끗하게 관리할 수 있습니다.”

미국에서 손꼽히는 정치이론가인 벤저민 바버(Barber·74·사진) 메릴랜드대 공공정책대학원 교수가 한국에 왔다. 서방세계의 대(對)이슬람 정책 등 국제정치 문제에 대한 연구로 유명한 바버 교수는 빌 클린턴 전 대통령의 보좌관을 지냈다. 1996년 종족주의와 글로벌리즘의 충돌을 파헤친 저서 ‘지하드 대(vs) 맥월드’는 훗날 9·11 사태를 예견한 책으로 평가받았다. Read more of this post

“will Psy go Veg?” on Youtube

“Will Psy Go Veg?”
March 25, 2013

Emanuel pleas with Psy that he should stop eating meat and ride a bicycle. If the world is looking to Psy for leadership after his hit “Gangnam Style” he has should show the world how we can protect the environment by not eating meat.

“Will Psy Go Veg?”

A mark for Circles and Squares

The Ilmin Museum of Art has a logo that perfectly embodies the theme of “circles and squares.”

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

I saw the other day an exhibit of the photographs of Lee Duekyoung, primarily photographs of Seoul–the most striking of which is a running photograph of both banks of the Han River that goes for about 30 meters. Certainly worth a visit.

From Yonhap, copy of part of the series of photographs of Seoul as seen on the North and South sides of the Han river.

From Yonhap, copy of part of the series of photographs of Seoul as seen on the North and South sides of the Han river.

One of many aerial photographs in the exhibit.

One of many aerial photographs in the exhibit.

아시아인스티튜트 2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄 2013년 7월 12-14일 (於송도)



2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄

2013년 7월 12-14일 

세계적인 석학자들과 함께하는

2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄협조요청

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1. 항상 귀 기관의 무궁한 발전을 기원합니다.

        2. 『2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄』은 꿈과 열정, 실력을 갖춘 글로벌 청소년 리더 양성과정 행사로 각계각층의 유명 인사들의 강연과 다양한 관련 프로그램을 통해 글로벌 시민의식을 양성하고 환경문제를 토론하기 위해 마련된 청소년 프로그램입니다.

3. 『2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄』을 실시하고자 아래 사항에 대해 협조 요청하오니 회신하여 주시기 바랍니다. 

                           가. 행사 제목 : 2013 청소년 녹색기후기금 심포지엄

나. 일시 및 장소

● 행사 일시 : 2013년 7월 12(금)~14(일) – 2박 3일

● 행사 장소 : 송도글로벌캠퍼스

다. 참가 인원: 100명

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라. 협조 내용 및 요구사항

● 공동 후원 : 명칭 및 로고 사용 가능 여부

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2013 GCF YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT for High School Students


July 12-14, 2013

Songdo Global Campus

Songdo International City, Korea


. Introduction

The historic decision to locate the Green Climate Fund in Songdo International City in the Republic of Korea presents a remarkable opportunity to discuss the significance of significance of this commitment on the part of the international community to address environmental issues. The Asia Institute and HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) Korea present an unprecedented youth climate summit that brings together the most capable and passionate high school students to debate thoughtfully the future of the environment, the significance of the Green Climate Fund and the role that youth can play, starting today, to address climate issues. The 2013 GCF Youth Climate Summit brings two Harvard Professors together with Professors from Seoul National University and Kyung Hee University for a challenging and inspiring set of exercises, lectures and debates about climate issues and the role of youth that will inspire and prepare the next generation.


The GCF Youth Climate Summit consists of the following activities:


1. Lectures

Invited lectures by outstanding experts on environmental and policy issues, culture and climate, leadership, personal development, and inspirational volunteerism that provide students with an extraordinary opportunity for direct interaction.


2. Leadership Dynamics

A series of activities, simulations and games designed to forge close relations between students and encourage leadership skills among participants.


3. Responding to Real Issues

The symposium demands that participating youth wrestle with actual issues and current policy challenges, working closely together with each other and representatives from international NGOs and the United Nations Environment Programme.


4. Additional activities

Youth will have the unique opportunity to engage in intense group discussions with other outstanding young people from around the world and to compete through presentations and other applied exercises.


. Speakers


Confirmed Speakers:


● Marc Shell, Professor of Literature, Harvard University & Associate of Harvard Center for the Environment

● Michael Puett, Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University

● Johannes Maximilian Tschapka, Professor of Geography Education, Seoul National University

● Emanuel Pastreich, Director of the Asia Institute & Professor of International Studies, Kyung Hee University


For more see click here at the Asia Institute

‘다른 대한민국’ 꿈꾸는 임마누엘 교수 (연합뉴스)


2013년 3월 07일 

강진욱 기자

다른 대한민국’ 꿈꾸는 임마누엘 교수

“내·외국인 구별 없이 나라 발전에 필요한 재능을 발휘할 수 있는 대한민국이 되면 좋겠습니다.”

올해부터 경희대 국제대학원에서 한-중-일 3국 문화와 동아시아학을 강의하는 이만열(미국명 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬·49) 부교수는 7일 연합뉴스와의 인터뷰에서 “미국인이면서 한국인으로 살고 있으니 한국이 앞으로 나아가야 할 진로를 모색하는 의미에서 책을 쓰고 있다”며 이렇게 말했다. 책 제목이 ‘다른 대한민국'(가제)이다.

이 교수는 지난 2년간 경희대 후마니타스칼리지에서 학생들을 가르쳤고, 올해 이 대학 국제대학원으로 자리를 옮기며 부교수가 됐다. 그는 “한국에 온 지 6년 만에 비로소 전문가로 대우받는다는 느낌”이라고 털어놓았다.
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