Monthly Archives: December 2015

Students response to Emanuel’s dismissal from the University of Illinois (April 20, 2004)

Students response to Emanuel’s dismissal from the University of Illinois

(April 20, 2004)

The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Illinois formed a committee to determine Emanuel’s third year review as assistant professor in December, 2003. Although none of the member of the committee ever met with Emanuel, they  delivered a final judgement in April of 2004 that he was not qualified to have his contract renewed.

Although none of his fellow faculty members spoke to him about this decision, or expressed any opinion at all, the graduate students of the department drafted and signed a letter that appealed this process and presented the letter to the department head, Professor Jerry Packard. Read more of this post


I recently wrote this petition to put pressure at the conceptual level to redefine “security” and “defense” to meet the real challenge of climate change. Unlike some, I do not assume that you have to take the money away from the military to respond to this crisis. Rather we need to completely transform its role. That can only happen if we start with the terms and the theories behind our approach to security.





End federal funding for security and defense programs at universities and think tanks that do not take climate change as their primary subject for research and for instruction.

All universities, think tanks and research institutes that claim to be concerned with “security” or “defense” research must devote at least 70% of their resources to work on the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, or lose their eligibility for Federal funding.

Sign here


Why is this important?

The United States has hundreds of programs at universities, think tanks, and research institutes that claim to devote their attention to “security” and “defense” studies. Yet in almost all of these programs that receive many millions of dollars in Federal funding, the vast majority of research, advocacy and instruction has nothing to do with climate change, the most serious threat to security of our age.

For example, the Brookings Institution, the most prominent think tank in Washington D.C., does not even mention climate change in the description of its “security and defense” research.

“In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the global security and defense environment has been in great flux. New actors in conflict, advancements in technology and new modes of warfare are changing our understanding of national security and defense capabilities in the evolving context of the 21st century.”

In an act of profound intellectual irresponsibility, so-called scholars of “security studies” spend their hours imagining fantastic military scenarios, rather than responding to incontrovertible threat of climate change which scientists have unanimously identified as a reality.

We cannot waste any more of our tax dollars on security and defense studies that fail to address the primary threat to the well-being of the United States, and of the world.

The time has come to put an end to this insanity. We demand that all programs of defense and security studies in the United States identify in their statement of purpose climate change as the primary security threat to the United States and that they dedicate at least 70% of their budgets to research, teaching and advocacy to the critical topics of mitigation of (primarily) and adaptation to (secondarily) climate change.

Any program that fails to focus on climate change in this manner should lose its status for Federal funding.

Mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change should be the primary concerns for all in security and defense field studies. Obviously other security issues deserve study, but granted the fact that the cost of climate change will run in the trillions of dollars over the next decade, and even more beyond then, we do not have the funds to support programs that are not dedicated to addressing this immediate threat.


Signers include:

Emanuel Yi Pastreich
The Asia Institute

David Swanson
World Beyond War

John Kiriakou
Associate fellow
Institute for Policy Studies

John Feffer
Foreign Policy in Focus

Norman Solomon

Coleen Rowley
Retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division legal counsel


How it will be delivered

Formal petition to:
Senate Committee on Armed Services
House Armed Services Committee




New Facebook layout for 2016

I have been pondering possible improvements to the format of Facebook that would have universal appeal among users. Please do look at my suggestions and let me know what you think.



facebook front page





Headings for the Facebook options:


Vote on new Facebook CEO

Vote on pending Facebook policy
Propose legislation for Facebook privacy

Suggestions for Facebook functions and policy (pending votes by Facebook citizens on policy)

Election of Facebook congress to represent your interest groups
Full disclosure of all Facebook financial transactions
Your Facebook stock value (amount acquired in return for the content you produced)
Your royalties today for the content you have produced for Facebook

Archive of Facebook postings
Post news
Review and correct news posted on major media
Find people with similar concerns globally
Organize a political party
Launch a class action lawsuit against a multinational corporation


Design your own emoticon

Write your literary work

Sell your design or work

Buy designs and texts
Develop business relations with other small businesses around the world

Find out rates for cancer and other diseases in your region
Update on air and water pollution in your region
Compare malpractice cases for doctors in your region
Where produce sold in local stores is produced and amounts of contaminant found


Post to Media:

Personal Post (privacy setting):

Entertainment Post

Your art:
Whistleblowing (corporate or government):

Facebook Search (select browser or create browser with your community):

“中國崛起 對日是挑戰對韓是機會” (本傑明•艾爾曼 貝一明 的对话)



中國崛起 對日是挑戰對韓是機會


2015年 12月 20日


普林斯頓大學中國研究教授 本傑明艾爾曼(Benjamin A. Elman)日前接受活躍在韓國的美國學者 貝一明(Emanuel Pastreich)的訪問,就東亞融合、中國崛起發表意見和看法。

























艾爾曼:鴉片戰爭時,美國在與中國的貿易中只有很小的利益。由東向西穿越北美大陸尋找西北水道(North-Western passage)、劉易斯與克拉克遠征、路易斯安那購地等都是為了到達太平洋。它的目的不止於在太平洋沿岸捕魚,美國想從太平洋一側與中國做生意。從這個意義上說,把美國變成陸權強國的決定與中國的經濟實力有關,儘管19世紀上半夜中國處在衰落狀態。
















“Chinese meritocracy and the limits of democracy” (Interview: Daniel Bell in The Diplomat)

The Diplomat

Interview: Daniel Bell

“Chinese meritocracy and the limits of democracy”

December 17, 2015


Emanuel Pastreich




China as a society, a government, an economy and a culture is quite difficult for us to comprehend today. The changes are so rapid in cities like Beijing and Shanghai and the culture remarkably fluid. What do you see as the defining characteristics of China’s culture today and what do you anticipate in terms of China’s future role in the international community?

The most striking cultural shifts in China over the last two decades or so has been the revival, both orchestrated and spontaneous, of tradition. The main trope for culture in the twentieth century, especially since 1949, has been anti-traditionalism. As far back as the May 4th movement in 1919, and before, whether it was the financial elite, the liberals, the Marxists, or anarchists they all agreed that China was poor and that one of the causes of that state of affairs was the backward traditional culture.

We have witnessed a dramatic reevaluation of tradition in China, and also in other East Asian countries with a Confucian heritage such as Korea. This part of the world has witnessed rapid growth over the last three decades that has sharply reduced poverty and the region has remained at peace. So when people look around and ask what do all these countries have in common, one answer is their Confucian heritage. So whereas the previous narrative was that Confucianism undermined modernization and economic growth, now many argue that it actually helps.

We are witnessing the return of a more historical and humanistic perspective on the world, an emphasis on education, a concern for family across several generations, and a new assessment of the value of China’s tradition of political meritocracy. Chinese have long held that the key to a political system is the selection and promotion of leaders with superior abilities, ethical qualities and social and cultural skills who can best lead the nation forward. The perspective has Confucian roots, but it has been modernized and has been the core of the strategy for economic development in China and other East Asian countries such as Korea and Japan. Although Confucian ideology was denounced during the Cultural Revolution, it is taking on a new centrality today. And the promotion of core Confucian values is not limited to the government. We see similar efforts in business and in the non-profit sector. Read more of this post

「IT時代こそ、「筆談」の伝統への回帰を」 (ハフィントンポスト 2015年12月17日)










未来の協力について真剣に考えて提案するためには、あえて直接、顔を見合わせて集まる必要はない。直接対面することで対人関係を円滑に築くことはできるが、オンライン上で文字のやり取りをすることがこれから一番効率のよい方法になりえるのではないか。つまりオンライン上の「筆談」である。 Read more of this post

“광복70년 대한민국미술축전 ‘태극기와 나’ 18일 개막” (NEWS 1, 2015-12-16)


“광복70년 대한민국미술축전 ‘태극기와 나’ 18일 개막”


행정자치부와 문화체육관광부는 18~30일 서울 동대문디자인플라자에서 ‘광복70년, 대한민국 미술축전-태극기와 나’를 개최한다.

태극기에 담긴 가치를 미술로 해석하는 이번 축전은 국민공모를 거쳐 선정된 수상작과 초대작가의 작품을 전시하며 첫날인 18일에는 개막식과 시상식이 열린다.

대통령상 수상작은 김준수·천진우(국민대 입체미술학과 대학원), 김성필(홍익대 시각디자인과)씨의 ‘광복, 빛을 되찾다’가 선정됐다. 이밖에 국무총리상, 행정자치부장관상, 문화체육관광부장관상, 케이티엔지(KT&G) 사장상 수상작 등과 입선작이 전시된다.

전시장은 공모전 입선작을 전시하는 국민공모 수상작구역, 초대작가 작품구역, 관람객이 쉴 수 있는 ‘태극놀이터’로 구성됐다. 초대작가로는 서예계의 구당 여원구, 초정 권창륜 등 원로부터 젊은 작가까지 다양한 분야의 작가가 참여한다.

박근혜 대통령이 올해 여름휴가 때 읽은 책으로 유명해진 ‘한국인만 모르는 다른 대한민국’의 저자 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 경희대 교수도 ‘태극산수도’를 출품해 초대작가에 포함됐다.


임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 교수의 '태극산수도'(문화체육관광부 제공)© News1

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 교수의 ‘태극산수도'(문화체육관광부 제공)© News1

정부는 “태극기의 상징을 예술가들 저마다의 취향과 감성에 따라 풀어낸 이번 전시회를 통해 한국 문화가치를 되새겨보고 문화자존감을 높이는 계기가 되기를 기대한다”고 밝혔다.
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“韓国に必要なものは革新か、勇気か?” (中央日報 2015年 12月 14日)



2015年 12月 14日






電気飛行機開発もまた潜在力が高い。すでに知的財産権を他の国が統制する戦闘機や商業用ジェット機分野では韓国が後れを取るかも知れないが、いままさに発展を始めた電気飛行機市場は韓国にも開かれている。電子産業で韓国が持つ底力を利用するなら韓国は大きな変化を生み出すことができる。化石燃料飛行機が旧時代の産物になる時期を20年後と捉えるなら電気飛行機市場先取りのためにすぐに行動に出なければならないタイミングはまさにいまだ。  Read more of this post

“韩国需要的是革新还是勇气?” (中央日报 2015年12月14日 )










即使从安保层面出发韩国也应该减少使用化石燃料虽然有人担心20~30内在韩国实现100%可再生能源自给自足发电的目标可能对贸易产生负面影响 但安保的重要性远在这些需要担心的问题之上  








最后为快速培育产业规模使其能够满足未来的需求韩国还应利用好与主要可再生能源产业主体缔结的合作关系2011与丹麦签订的绿色同盟为增进绿色技术开发合作发挥了很大作用麦计划在2050实现100%可再生能源的目标将给韩国带来很大启示 Read more of this post

“Energy solution in fossil fuel cuts” (JoongAng Daily December 15, 2015)

JoongAng Daily

“Energy solution in fossil fuel cuts”

December 15, 2015

Emanuel Pastreich 


I have heard many times that Koreans need to be more innovative. But lately I am starting to think it is more imperative for Koreans to be more brave than innovative. Of course, the combination of bravery and innovation is the best.

I have heard many Korean businessmen talk about the poor future prospects for exports given the depressed global market for the manufactured items that Korea produces. For some, it seems as if the answer is just to refine products, or engage in more aggressive advertising. But I fear that more focus on marketing will mean only stunts and gimmicks, and we will lose Korea’s long-term technological advantages in the process.

The answer to Korea’s economic conundrum is obvious. If Korea significantly cuts back on fossil fuels, which make up a large amount of its imports, Korea can realize the economic equivalent of rapid economic growth even if the sales of Korean goods overseas are flat.

At the same time the dire warnings about the dangers of the continued use of fossil fuels that were issued at the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference recently should remind us that we also have a moral responsibility to our children.

Korea is benchmarked by developing nations around the world and the speed with which Korea weans itself quickly off fossil fuels will have a positive impact far beyond its shores because others will follow Korea’s lead.

But there is also a security imperative to move away from fossil fuels that should trump any concerns people might have about trade agreements being negatively impacted by Korea’s decision to aim for 100 percent domestically produced renewable Read more of this post