Category Archives: Talks



6:00-7:30 PM


Monday, MAY 15, 2017



How to make ourselves truly renewable









After the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in 2011, Japanese public opinion has been divided into three groups: those who want to continue using it, those who want to phase it out and those who want to end its use immediately. The establishment has argued that nuclear power is required for the economy and recently the Abe Administration has pushed for restarting plants as part of his agenda for growth.

The choice is one rather of choosing the future of Japan and goes far beyond nuclear power. If we continue this rate of “growth” we will exhaust all our resources in the near future. Even 2% growth will assure us that we will use up what resources we have in fifty years, rather than one hundred.

War and catastrophe will be the consequences of the radical exhaustion of resources.

         There is much talk about a sustainable society today, but the term “sustainable” is used in a vague sense with no concrete guidelines.

Some in industry see it as meaning the sustaining of current growth into the future, the complete opposite of the environmentalists demand for limited consumption.

We must face the truth and reduce real consumption. If we reduce consumption by 1% every year, a 100 year reserve can be continued indefinitely. If we reduce more than that, we can build up a reserve. We must design a smaller society for the sake of future generations in order to avoid catastrophe.

The current economic system is based on mass production and mass consumption. As a result, our lives are flooded with industrial products to which we have become addicted. Our ever-growing society is already showing the signs of discordance as a result of this consumption illness.  A smaller society, on the other hand, supports local production and consumption, and requires less energy. We will have a more healthy society if people are not addicted to industrial products and anonymous consumption but rather nurture each other and promote a creative life.

WCO Anguk

“청년들이 바라보는 헬조선 및 5.9선거” 2오후 아시아인스티튜트 017년 4월 17일

“청년들이 바라보는 헬조선 및 5.9선거”

2017년 4월 17일

오후 7:00-8:00



어울려사세 시민연단




아시아인스티튜트 소장




전상구  & 박경홍

경희대학교 국제대학 대학생

최근 청년들이 헬조선 이란 현상을 심각하게 우려 하고 있지만 많은 경우 직접 자기 의견을 말하고 해결 방법에 대한 제안을 할 기회도 없습니다. 그리고 자기 주장을 잘 할 방법도 모르는 경우 가 많습니다.   이번 세미나에는 청년의 목소리를 직접 듣고 자유로은 대화 할 수 있는 공간이 제공됩니다.


World Citizen’s Organization

어울려사세 시민연단

서울시 주구 장충동 1가 118 ( 동호로 240)
wco map

“Climate Change and the Future of Security” @ Graduate Institute of Peace Studies

Kyung Hee University Graduate Institute of Peace Studies

(Gwangneung Campus)



Emanuel Pastreich


“Climate Change and the Future of Security”


What are the long-term implications of climate change for the concept of security? Although the military discusses the impact of climate change on combat and the role that climate change plays in increasing conflicts, few have gone as far as to say that the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change should be the primary role for the military. Read more of this post

미래창조과학부: “대한민국 의 미래”

“대한민국 의 미래”



2016년  2월  2일 (화)

장소: 국회 의원회관 제1소회의실 2층


주최: 미래창조과학부


“대한민국 미래: 발전 방안 정책 대토론회”


좌장: 이남식 국제미래학회 회장


강성주                                       미래창조과학부 국장

손웅희                                       국가산업융합지원센터 소장


임마누엘  페스트라이쉬       경희대 교수


조태봉                                      한국문화콘텐츠라이센싱 협회 회장


문형남                                      숙명여대 교수


강종진 울산문화산업개발원 원장


mirae conference

“우리가 모르는 한국” @ 겸재정선미술관


2016 명사‧석학 미술인문학 강좌 

“전통과 현대의 융합 – 안과 밖 문화예술 바라보기”


“우리가 모르는 한국”


이만열 (임마누엘 페스트라이쉬) 

2016년 5월 27일  (금) 

10 AM – 12 PM



“A Tale of Two Cities: Seoul as the Byzantium of the 21st Century” @ Yonsei University, May 15


Emanuel Yi Pastreich

Associate Professor
College of International Studies, Kyung Hee University
Director, The Asia Institute

“A Tale of Two Cities: Seoul as the Byzantium of the 21st Century”

Friday, May 15, 6 PM
Room 107

New Millennium Hall

Yonsei University

Seoul has emerged at the center of a new economic and cultural order in East Asia and this massive city is increasingly making its presence felt around the world through its music, art, fashion and movies. Could it be that Seoul is becoming the dominant political and cultural center of Asia while remaining closely tied to the United States?  Seoul’s rise brings to mind the relationship between Rome and Byzantium in another age. Read more of this post

Emanuel Pastreich’s talk “A Tale of Two Cities” at Harvard University on March 31, 2015

 “A Tale of Two Cities:

Seoul as the Byzantium of the 21st Century”

Tuesday, March 31, 6 PM
Barker Center room 024
12 Quincy St.

Free and Open to the Public

Harvard University

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015 6 PM Emanuel Pastreich Associate Professor Kyung Hee University

Seoul has emerged at the center of a new economic and cultural order in East Asia and this massive city is increasingly making its presence felt around the world through its music, art, fashion and movies. Washington D.C. and Seoul are increasingly emerging as the two major capitals of the American global system in a manner that brings to mind the relationship between Rome and Byzantium in another age.

But most Americans know very little about this center for cultural production in Asia. This talk considers the competing cultural identities of Seoul: Gangnam (South of the river) whose brash spirit is embodied in Psy’s hit song and Gangbuk (North of the River) a subtle urban space of tight-knit urban communities. How does the tension between these two cultures stimulate cultural production in Seoul and what are the prospects for Seoul’s cultural future?


barker center

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Yéol Lecture 2014: “The Philosophy of Park Jiwon” by Emanuel Pastreich

Yéol Lecture 2014


“Engaging China and Discovering Korea’s True Strengths

The Philosophy of Park Jiwon” 

Emanuel Pastreich

Director of The Asia Institute

11:30 AM  on Monday, March 3.

Yéol, the Korean Heritage Preservation Society, is pleased to announce its 2014 English lecture series featuring distinguished scholars and experts in the fields of Korean art, culture and history. Since 2003, Yéol has aimed to appeal and inspire cultural enthusiasts, expatriates, as well as the general public so as to increase understanding of the Korean society and culture. Such efforts are a critical part of our foundation’s mission. This year lecture series consists of six lectures at the Seoul Museum of History and two walking lectures which offer customized guided tours of specific cultural sites or unique cultural and heritage experiences.

The Yéol Lecture welcome a diverse audience to our program in 2014. We are committed to a dialog with all individuals and groups drawn to Korea and its culture. Yéol will provide a light lunch (by reservation) for this event to encourage participation of the working professionals.

To attend, please RSVP with Choi, Hee-Hyeon or 010-4692-6851.

“Engaging China and Discovering Korea’s True Strengths-The Philosophy of Park Jiwon”

Monday, March 3.

“Engaging China and Discovering Korea’s True Strengths-The Philosophy of Park Jiwon” will be held onMonday, March 3.

The international community wrestles with a response to the increased cultural and economic influence of China in East Asia. Yet we can learn much from the insights of the Korean scholar and writer Park Jiwon who formulated a practical and thoughtful response to China in the 18th century that stressed an informed engagement. Park Jiwon also wrote about contemporary society and the gaps between social groups in an increasingly polarized society. His suggestions for how such issues can be addressed through cultural activities are as relevant today as they were when he wrote. Moreover, Park’s writing suggested a potential within the Confucian tradition for innovation that has often been overlooked by contemporary writers.

Park Jiwon was one of the most important intellectuals of the 18th century in Korea. But as he strove to transform the nation, he realized that he could not do so simply through policies or arguments to the government. He had to change people’s perceptions. His answer was a series of compelling novels that described for the first time the lives of ordinary people and drew attention to what was so extraordinary in their experiences. He made visible the world of beggars, farmers, con men, day laborers and widows. Those who had no voice in Joseon society suddenly had a chance to articulate their perspectives.


Emanuel Pastreich is director of the Asia Institute in Seoul and associate professor at the College International Studies of Kyung Hee University. Pastreich studied the classical literatures of China, Japan and Korea, producing two important books on Korean and Japanese classical novels. He has taken a strong interest on the writings of Park Jiwon over the last decade, translating ten of his novels into English.

Pastreich has a B.A. in Chinese literature from Yale University (1987), 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).





Education room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History, Shinmunro



Lecture : 11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M. (Mon)

Walking Lecture : 9:30 A.M.~12:00 P.M. (Sat)



10,000 won(Sandwiches and drinks are included.)

* Donation receipt can be issued.




a/c#631-000503-181 (YÉOL)

or at entrance



All lectures and tours are conducted in English


Registration (highly recommended)

Send name and contact details to for registration




T: 82-2-735-587882-2-736-5868 F: 82-2-736-5878

한류한문화 특강 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 10월 12일 (토) 3-6

한류한문화 특강

임마누엘 페스트라이쉬

(아시아인트티튜트 소장)

“한국인만 모르는 다른 대한민국”


일시: 10월 12일 (토) 3-6
장소: 메가HRD교육선터 (강남역 3-4번 출구 사이)


한류한문화 특강 ‘한국인만 모르는 다른 대한민국’
< 저자 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 교수 초청 특강>

▶강연자 : 임마누엘 페스트라이쉬 경희대 교수님
▶일시 : 10월 12일 토요일 오후 3시 ~ 6시
▶장소 : 메가HRD교육선터 (강남역 3-4번 출구 사이)
▶인원 : 100명 규모
▶주관 : 커뮤니티단체 한류열풍사랑, 한류문화교류단 케이랑(K-rang)
▶후원 : 장소 후원사 (구하는 중)
▶한류열풍사랑 주소 :

▶구체일정 (자세한 일정은 변경 가능)
3시: 00 ~ 3:15 영상 상영 (출석 확인 )
3시 15분 ~ 5시 00분 강연 (강연 + 질의 응답 포함)
5시 이후 소셜 파티 (다과와 음료 준비)
* 국악 공연 등을 앞푸리로 넣을 수 있습니다.
* 사회는 케이랑 단원 중 1명 (오동석 작가 or 다른 단원)


Seminar: “Response to the Fukushima Crisis” (September 7, 2013) Please RSVP

Asia Institute Seminar

“Drafting a White Paper for a Response to the Fukushima Crisis”

Saturday, September 7, 2013

2-4 PM


Location: Starbucks at Gwanghwamun (across the Street from Kyobo Books)

스타벅스 광화문점 02 758-8036 3층

In light of the unprecedented environmental threat posed by the radiation leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, it is urgent that the world come together as one to propose a long-term global solution that includes both experts and concerned citizens from around the world. That solution must stress international cooperation to develop new technologies and approaches to produce a permanent solution to this disaster over the next 30 years. But we also need to consider include social, cultural and institutional innovations that will make such massive collaboration possible. Read more of this post