Emanuel Yi Pastreich

Emanuel Pastreich has established himself as a central intellectual in Asia, based in Seoul, engaged in research and debate concerning culture, technology, the environment and international relations. He has written numerous books and articles in English, Korean Chinese and Japanese and has also engaged in active citizen’s movements to create a sustainable culture. 


Pastreich serves as director of the Earth Management Institute, professor at the University for Brain Education and researcher at the Asia Institute.   

Pastreich has advocated for a rigorous environmental policy in Asia. When he worked as a consultant for the Daedeok Research Cluster in Korea, Pastreich was co-chairman of the Daejeon Green Growth Forum, a group of researchers at dedicated to encouraging collaboration in research on sustainable technologies between the city of Daejeon and experts in environmental technologies.


He has worked with research institutes, universities, NGOs, government and the private sector in Korea, China, Japan and the United States. Pastreich served as the director of the KORUS House (2005-2007), a policy think tank operated in the embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C. and also as editor-in-chief of Dynamic Korea an on-line newspaper produced by the Korean foreign ministry. 


Pastreich has conducted research projects on technology and its implications for society with the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology, Korea Research Institute for Standards and Science, the Korea Research Institute for Geoscience and Materials, Seoul National University, Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety. In 2010, Pastreich co-founded the Global Convergence Forum, an association of research institutes dedicated to international collaboration in technology convergence. 


Pastreich has been active in government policy as well, serving as an adviser to the governor of Chungnam Province 2007-2009 and working with the mayors of Daejeon, Gwangju & Seoul. He has been a regular lecturer for education programs for government officials—for which he was awarded a prize for best lecturer.    


Pastreich majored in Chinese at Yale University (1987) and received an M.A. in comparative literature at the University of Tokyo (1992. After receiving a Ph.D. at Harvard University (1997) he started his career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as a professor of Japanese literature. His research focused on the reception of Chinese literature in Korea and Japan, a topic about which he has written two books.


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