The Earth Management Institute
The Asia Institute
Brain Education University
Emanuel Pastreich serves as the director of the Earth Management Institute, a think tank dedicated to addressing the current environmental and technological crisis through global cooperation between concerned citizens and ethical research that produces solutions with direct applications. He also serves as vice president of the University for Brain Education, a graduate program that focuses on how a deeper understanding of the brain, of human culture and of the potential locked within us can create new solutions to the current crisis as serve as the basis for a sustainable civilization. Pastreich is also the founder and president of the Asia Institute (asia-institute.org), a think tank that builds bridges between individuals in Asia and around the world to respond to the greatest challenges of our time: climate change, the impact of technological change on human society, and the rapidly shifting nature of international relations.
The Asia Institute is located in Seoul, but has branches in the United States and Vietnam and offices in Japan and China.
Pastreich has written articles about the environment, technology, globalization, international relations and business in Asia for such journals as Japan Focus, Foreign Policy in Focus & the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Global Asia. He writes primarily for the Korea Times, Foreign Policy in Focus and his blog, circlesandsquares.asia. His publications in Chinese can be found primarily at Duowei and Guanchazhe, in Japanese at Huffington Post Japan and in Korean at JoongAng Ilbo and “The Tomorrow.”
Pastreich has published four books in English: The Novels of Park Jiwon: Translation of Overlook Worlds (Seoul National University Press, 2011) , The Observable Mundane: Vernacular Chinese and the Emergence of a Discourse on Popular Narrative in Edo Japan (Seoul National University Press, 2012)), Selected Publications of the Asia Institute (Asia Institute Press, 2014) and Earth Management: A Dialogue on Ancient Korean Wisdom and Its Lessons for a New Earth (Best Life Media, 2016).
He also published five books in Korean:
Jigugyeongyoung Hongik e seo dap eul chatda [Earth Management: Finding the answer in the Hongik tradition] ( Hanmunhwa, 2016); Insaeng eun sokudo anira banghyang ida: Habodeu baksa eui hanguk pyoryugi [Life is a Matter of Direction, Not of Speed: Records of a Robinson Crusoe in Korea] (21st Century Books, 2016); Hangukin man moreuneun tareun daehanminguk; habeodeudae baksa ga bon hanguk ui ganeungseong [A Different Republic of Korea of which only Koreans are ignorant: A Harvard Ph.D.’s views on Korea’s potential] (21st Century Books, 2013); Segye seokhak hanguk mirae reul mal hada [Scholars of the World Speak Out About Korea’s Future]. Dasan Books, 2012: Hangukin man morratteon deo keun daehanminguk [A Korea Greater than Koreans imagined Possible] (Redwood Books, 2017).
Pastreich’s book Hangukin man moreuneun tareun daehanminguk; was recognized by President Park Geun-hye as her favorite book and later designated as a national security book by the Ministry of Defense. His book Hangukin man morratteon deo keun daehanminguk was designated by the Ministry of Education as a Sejong Book for special recognition by public libraries.
He has one book in Chinese language, Kuahai qiuzhen: Hafo boshi lun zhongmei weilai [Searching for the Truth on Both Sides of the Ocean] (Milky Way Publishers, Hong Kong, 2016) and a forthcoming book in Japanese. .
Pastreich has served as a consultant for government organizations, local government, NGOs, businesses and the media in Korea, but also in Japan and the United States.
Pastreich serves as an associate at the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and as a member of the academic council at CCG (Center for China and Globalization) in Beijing.
Pastreich started his work in international relations as Director of the policy think tank KORUS House (2005-2007), which he founded, at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. in 2005. His seminar series at the Korean Embassy became a central location for the discussion of policy related to Northeast Asia.
He also served as the editor-in-chief of the official on-line newspaper of the Korean Overseas Information Service “Dynamic Korea.” Under Pastreich’s leadership, Dynamic Korea expanded to be a critical source of objective analysis on contemporary issues in Korea, and across Asia to a degree rare for a government publication.
From 2007 on, Pastreich worked together with Daedeok Innopolis, Korea’s premiere technology cluster around the technical university KAIST. He as adviser for internationalization and foreign investment and also served as a special adviser to the governor of Chungnam Province (2007-2009) and advised Daejeon Metropolitan City (2009-2010) on international affairs.
Pastreich was best known during the first four years in Korea for his writings on science policy and his research projects together with the Korea Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology, the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety, the Korea Institute for Geoscience and Materials, the Korea Research Institute for Standards and Science and Seoul National University.
He was co-founder with Professor Yang Jiwon of KAIST of the Daejeon Environment Forum, a regular meeting of experts in the environmental sciences in the Daedeok Cluster with officials of Daejeon City and other citizens groups for discussions about making the city more sustainable.
Pastreich started his career as an assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois (1998-2005). He has also taught at Harvard University, George Washington University, Woosong University and the Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.
Pastreich received a B.A. in Chinese literature from Yale University (1987), a Master’s Degree in comparative culture from the University of Tokyo (1992) and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University (1997). He studied abroad at National Taiwan University (1984-85) and Korea University (1998).
He is fluent in English, Chinese, Japanese, French and Korean.