Monthly Archives: September 2018

贝一明 演讲 在 第八届亚洲食学论坛 (十月二十日)

贝一明 演讲


2018年 10月 20日 (星期六(下午两点)

“The Chinese concept of propriety (“li”) as the key to a sustainable agricultural future”











亚洲食学论坛(Asian Food Study Conference)是由中国食学家与国际同仁联袂发起,旨在研究环球视野下食生产、食生活重大问题与探索人类未来饮食文化发展趋势的高端学术论坛。其学术性强、影响范围大、主题层次丰富,已先后在中国杭州、泰国曼谷、中国绍兴、中国西安、中国曲阜、日本京都、韩国首尔成功举办七届。








Reo Hamel

Reo Hamel was an elderly man who had taken up a side business of career consulting. I was introduced to him through my classmate Glenn Gutmacher back in 2010 when I decided I would try to find some sort of employment in the United States. I met Reo only once, but he made tremendous efforts on my behalf. He taught me how to think about how I was perceived by others and to identify effectively what institutions are looking for.

He passed away around 2014, but I remember his kindness from time to time even these days. In a sense, his role in my life was short and quite limited. But I think he deeply touched me, and he refused to take payment for his help after the first two months.


On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 5:33 AM Reo Hamel Associates <> wrote:

Hi Emanuel,
Hope this isn’t too late to wish you a safe and comfortable trip. I look forward to meeting you in person on Feb. 1st around 8:30am.
Best wishes,

Cause for economic sanctions

“My neighbor’s dog keeps barking late at night. Maybe I should consider economic sanctions.”



Emanuel Pastreich

September 22, 2018


亚洲研究所与孔子学院,庆熙网络大学开洪陵沙龙: “东亚圈的老龄化与低生育问题”研讨会

亚洲研究所与孔子学院,庆熙网络大学,九月十九日开洪陵沙龙的研讨会。这次主题是“东亚圈的老龄化与低生育问题” 有中韩各专业的年轻人跟教授来参加及活泼的讨论。

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North-South Summit and Naver Map

It has been a popular topic in Seoul for the last two days to discuss the sudden expansion of Naver map to North Korea. Although I do not know the exact date of the changes, considerably greater detail has been added for North Korea than was available before. You may remember that for Naver Map, Daum Map and Google Map, North Korea was essentially blank, with the exception of the names of major cities. But this new version displays North and South in the same format and identifies specific buildings, even subway stops, in Pyongyang.




The map for the Korean Peninsula makes no distinction in how roads are shown for the North and for the South. One can easily imagine the roads being connected if you look at this representation.




Here is a map for Pyongyang





Some detail of downtown Pyongyang, including the locations of universities and Pyongyang Station.

“Eat food. Lose yourself” Korea times

Korea times

“Eat food. Lose yourself”

September 16, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich


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“Can culture be used for consensus in NE Asia?” Global Times


Global Times

“Can culture be used for consensus in NE Asia?”

September 14, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich


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「韓国テレビに氾濫する「暴食放送」は 食の価値を傷つけた奇怪な文化」中央日報

“中国能否借助其传统文化在东北亚地区建立深层共识?” 观察者网

“The economic system previously known as capitalism”

The problem with the term “capitalism” is that it tends to marginalize the discourse on the human nature and selfishness which goes back thousands of years and offers profound insights, and solutions. The issue of greed and gluttony goes far back in Greek, Roman and Hindu texts, as in the core classics of  Buddhism and Daoism which offer us much we will not find in Marx or in Piketty.

But it seems that once we start talking “capitalism” and economics, all that wisdom from philosophy and literature goes out the window. We are lost in a narrow definition of production and consumption.


In addition,  technological evolution, the emergence of computers and the transformation of money and the perception of reality by the advancement of means of reproduction (AKA Benjamin) have promoted accelerated cycles of exchange which are increasingly virtual and increasingly imaginary and ideological. We find ourselves in a system profoundly different from capitalism and industrial production finance in the 19th century, when Marx wrote, or the 20th century, or even in 2000. So perhaps we would do better to suggest that just as we are now in the Anthropocene age (and not the Cenozoic age) so also we are in something quite different than “capitalism ” as described in 1850,  or even in 1980.