Monthly Archives: October 2018

“Assessing the Pyongyang summit” Korea Times

Korea Times

“Assessing the Pyongyang summit”

October 14, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich



President Moon’s visit to Pyongyang and his summit with Chairman Kim Jong-un altered the cultural and political landscape of the Korean Peninsula even further than the Panmunjom summit, and most likely ushered in a permanent shift in how Koreans conceive of themselves. So deep are the changes that they remain still invisible to Koreans caught up in the process.

Since the meeting, the media in Seoul has broadcast shows introducing the unique cuisine of North Korea and Naver Maps has, for the first time, started to give some details about downtown Pyongyang on its website. The door seems to be open at last for real exchange in a manner that was not true before, even though sanctions are in place that are meant to block all economic interaction. It has been a weird moment in history for all parties. Read more of this post

亚洲研究所的洪陵文化沙龙 “中美贸易争端与中韩关系走向”

洪陵文化沙龙 17届中文研讨会                                                                                               



主题:      “中美贸易争端与中韩关系走向

时间:      20181121(周三) 600 pm 530开始签到)

地点:       庆熙大学Neo-Renaissance馆 3楼303会议室

경희대학교 네오르네상스관 3층 303호 회의실: 地图与公共交通情况详见邀请函第2、3页)


主    持:李万烈(贝一明)(Director, The Asia Institute)



17:30 – 18:00  入场

18:00 – 20:30  研讨

20:40 – – –  共进晚餐

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Short exchange with Peter Paik on the economy

October 14, 2018


Short exchange with Peter Paik


Emanuel Pastreich:

“Most people who had a positive view of capitalism were thinking of the modified and regulated form practiced in the 1950s and 1960s in the US. That was not really capitalism at all, but highly regulated economy deeply influenced by socialist models. This, however, is the real stuff. Enjoy, compliments of the chef!”


Peter Y. Paik:

“Don’t forget the central banks.”


Emanuel Pastreich:

“Central banks? those playthings of sovereign wealth funds and billionaires?”


Peter Y. Paik:

I think they won’t be big enough to paper over the next collapse.”


Emanuel Pastreich:

“That is exactly right. And that stuff they circulate will be exactly that: ‘paper.’”


Peter Y. Paik:

“We’ll have to find new ways of thinking about what will come after.”


Emanuel Pastreich:

“We will have no choice this time.”



“What do Koreans mean by ‘revolution’?” Korea Times

Korea Times

“What do Koreans mean by ‘revolution’?”

October 13, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich


I saw a television commercial for a Korean bank recently in which the word “revolution” (hyeongmyeong, 혁명, 革命) was repeated several times. It was striking that a term once associated with the far left is used now so prevalently in contemporary South Korea.

But what exactly does the term “revolution” mean today, especially in this period of rapid social, economic and technological transformation? Read more of this post

゛韓国人に「革命」は何を意味するのか゛ 中央日報



2018年 10月 12日

エマニュエル パストリッチ

最近、「革命」という言葉が何度も出てくる、ある銀行のテレビ広告を見た。かつて極左を説明する時に使われた用語が、現代韓国社会で広く、特別な拒否感や批判的考慮なく使われているという事実に驚く。ところが今日、特に生活パターンと技術が非常に急速に変化するこの時期に革命という言葉は正確に何を意味するのだろうか。このような疑問を感じた。 Read more of this post

On looking at old photos

It is not only that the entire world in those photographs has vanished, but also that I have been transformed in a profound sense and could not fit back into that world even if there were a means to transport me back magically to that time. This statement may seem like a painful reiteration of the self-evident. But the truth is that, like it or not, I have spent countless hours imagining what it would be like to travel back. And louder calls out Proust, “The only paradise is paradise lost.”

 “한국인들에게 ‘혁명’은 무엇을 의미하는가” 중앙일보


 “한국인들에게 ‘혁명’은 무엇을 의미하는가”

2018년 10월 12일

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬


최근에 ‘혁명’이라는 단어가 여러 차례 사용된 어느 은행의 TV 광고를 봤다. 한때는 극좌파들을 설명할 때 쓰였던 용어가 현대 한국 사회에서 널리, 별다른 거부감이나 비판적 고려 없이 사용된다는 사실은 놀라운 일이다. 그런데 오늘날, 특히 생활 패턴과 기술이 매우 빠르게 변화하는 이 시기에서 혁명이라는 용어는 정확히 무엇을 의미하는가. 이런 의문이 들었다. Read more of this post

“You do not have to be a Christian millenarianism any more to believe in the apocalypse.”

“You do not have to be a Christian millenarianism any more to believe in the apocalypse.”



Emanuel Pastreich

October 11, 2018

정부혁신취진협의회  (행정안전부)






2018년 10월 11일


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이만열  (교육분야 위원)





Fundraising for climate change campaign and march in Seoul by the Asia Institute

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