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“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

“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

中央日報

゛韓国人に「革命」は何を意味するのか゛

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

“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

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정부혁신취진협의회 

 

2018년 10월 11일

 

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“President Moon: It’s time to pardon Park Geun-hye” Asia Times

Asia Times

“President Moon: It’s time to pardon Park Geun-hye”

October 9, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

 

Last week’s sentencing of former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison and a fine of 13 billion won (US$11.5 million) has sent shockwaves through Seoul, and around the world.

Although many are shocked to learn of the degree of corruption that exists in South Korea, no small number of my friends expressed their delight to see that there is a country that is capable of putting a corrupt leader in jail and making public his malfeasances. Read more of this post

“The paleontology of South Korean politics” Korea Times

Korea Times

“The paleontology of South Korean politics”

October 6, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

The most remarkable moment in President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang was his speech before 15 thousand North Korean citizens gathered in the massive May Day Stadium. The enthusiasm that radiated from this massive crowd was startling in its intensity and President Moon himself was visibly affected. Every word Moon uttered was highlighted and animated by the cheers of the audience, coming together, as Kim Il-sung once spoke, as if they were “one body.” You would never get that sort of a crowd, or anywhere near that sort of enthusiasm in South Korea for anything other than a concert by BTS or Big Bang.

You could see just how seductive for President Moon that level of enthusiasm in Pyongyang was, especially as the politics practiced in Seoul has degenerated into the empty ritual of bowing before those with power and money to receive their blessings or PR sessions in which one takes selfies with voters so as to demonstrate how accessible you are. Read more of this post

“Eat food. Lose yourself” Korea times

Korea times

“Eat food. Lose yourself”

September 16, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

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“Finding Inequity at the airport” Korea Times

Korea Times

“Finding Inequity at the airport”

August 14, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

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“A call for true security in a misguided age” Korea Times

Korea Times

“A call for true security in a misguided age”

August 6, 2018

Emanuel Pastreich

 

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