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임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 의 경험

 

임마뉴엘 페스트라이쉬(Emanuel Pastreich) 교수는 한중일 비교문학 전공으로 일리노이대학 일본학과 교수로 재직하였다. 그는 드물게도 전공분야에서 아시아 학자들과 매우 긴밀하게 공동연구를 진행하여 왔다.

그는 2000년 5월 조교수로 재직하고 있던 일리노이대학(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)에 아시아연구프로그램을 개선하는 방법으로 인터넷을 이용하는 계획안을 제출하였다.

페스트라이쉬 교수는 동료교수들과의 비공식적인 토론을 바탕으로 일리노이 대학이 북경대학과 동경대학 그리고 서울대학과의 인터넷을 통한 학문적 교류를 통해 일리노이대학이 좀더 높은 단계의 국제적 대학으로 발돋음 할 수 있는 계획안을 제안하였다.

그는 특히 인터넷을 통해 온라인으로 각 대학들의 수업을 공유하고 공동연구를 증진시킬 것을 제안하였다. 아울러 그는 서면으로 동아시아 국가들이 문화적으로나 사회적으로 좀더 긴밀히 통합될 수 있는 방법과 아울러 한반도의 통일문제에 대한 구체적인 제안을 첨부하였다. Read more of this post

Immigration Policy Committee at Ministry of Justice

Today I was appointed as a member of the Immigration Policy Committee at the Ministry of Justice and had a chance to meet the Minister of Justice, Professor Park Sang-ki.

Here is the certificate that I received today.

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But more interesting indeed was the odd gift I was presented with.

 

Here is the box.

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Wonder what might be inside?

A pen? A USB? A small electronic device?

But no… a bit of Korean humor about immigration policy.

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Much appreciated.

 

 

 

Can Vegans eat Venus Flytraps?

It is a very serious question. Can a vegan eat a Venus flytrap or other plants that eat animals? Kept myself up late yesterday pondering this question.

 

What happened to progressive media in Korea?

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I had the chance to pick up a copy of  Sisa-in시사인 yesterday at the train station and start ed reading it through. I must admit I was shocked.

 

When Sisa in was formed in 2007 by a group of journalists who could no longer take the commercialization of Korean media, it featured often extremely insightful articles on current affairs. This group of editors and reporters from Sisa Journal resigned in protest over the deletion of an article that was critical of Samsung and set out to pave the way to a new form of journalism in Korea.

Although I would not say that I agreed with all that Sisa in published ten years ago, and   I found some parts rather self-indulgent, as opposed to analytic, their writing offered a refreshing perspective on contemporary Korea, and often provided details not found elsewhere.

But when I picked up current issue and started reading it, I was immediately struck by how glossy and superficial the analysis has become. Particularly unimpressive was the repetition of positive interpretations of the engagement with North Korea of the Moon and Trump administrations without mention of the complete contempt for international law and diplomacy that has been shown by Trump Administration. Not a word about Trump’s contempt for the international community as shown in his actions on the Iran agreement or the Paris Summit.

Not sure what happened, but I offer some suggestions in my upcoming article on Korean journalism in Korea Times.

The American invention of Schrodinger’s cat governance

How do we describe the entirely incomprehensible politics of the United States today? In which Trump is both about to be impeached and about to make himself a dictator at the same time? I think the best term is “Schrodinger’s cat governance” –a term I just coined. That is to say that in quantum mechanics things are both true and untrue at the same time. We are both about to have a breakthrough meeting of the North and South at the Pyongchang Olympics and at the same time, we are on the edge of nuclear war with North Korea. In a non-quantum world, these cannot be true at the same time. And of course in a quantum universe as well, the wave must break down at certain instants. I will work on this concept further, but I want to throw out this new idea.

Automated kiosks as government?

Some people naively assume that when this government shutdown is over, the government will be up and running after some last minute political deal. But that is hopelessly naive.

This new generation of politicians is planning to destroy everything, like anarchists.

Many ask, why the Republicans would want to shut down the government if they control all three branches?

The answer is rather simple. The Republicans do not control all the bureaucrats. A lot of them are still thinking people, even Democrats. People who are educated and increasingly people who are more interested in governance than anyone in the Congress. So they need to destroy the government itself to achieve the absolute power they crave.

Maybe government officials can be replaced with automated kiosks? Don’t rule it out. There may not be much government left when we get back.blogger-image--2099157781

Trump’s Lucky Year

I am sorry, but I really think they should give me credit for the Trump “lucky” thing.

I wrote it first.

See here:

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법무부 이민정책포럼 발표 (2018년 1월 3일)

1월 3일 법무부 외국인정책본부에서 “외국인정책: 위기속의 기회”라는 주제로 발표 했습니다.

제가 진지 하게 이민의 필요성 및 그한계를 법무부 공무원들 과 같이 논의 하면서 많이 배웠습니다.

 

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Was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil the first false flag operation?

1280px-Orvieto061My friend Jiun just posed one of the most amazing suggestions to me today that I have ever heard.  I was completely floored and had to sit down and catch my breath.

He suggested that the fruit offered to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the so-called apple (although that designation seems to be fake news–we still do not know exactly what fruit it was) on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was planted there by God as a set up for humans. It was the first false flag operation made to snare humanity into joining the fallen world. Something like luring the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor, perhaps?

I admit it is a bit far fetched, even disrespectful to the Almighty, but what a conspiracy theory!

 

Jiun says:

 

“Had Adam not eaten from the “Tree of Knowledge”, he wouldn’t be discerning to be able to separate right & wrong.

Thus, he did not listen to God, and ate the “Forbidden fruit”.

Didn’t God basically set him, a trap, from which he could never escape?”

 

 

On the decay of US media

I remember when I watched the United States launched spacecraft to the Moon on television as a child. The process of preparation was shown for hours with occasional commentary by scientists and experts. There was no thrilling gossip by overpaid TV personalities or attempts to spice up the story with exclusive interviews “behind the scenes.” The entire point of the reporting was to present the facts in an accessible manner to the public. People had the patience to listen to the complex narrative because the systematic pursuit of facts, and science had value. Now all that tradition has been washed away by an obsession with the self, and by an appeal to immediate satisfaction.