Emanuel Pastreich serves as associate professor at the College of International Studies at Kyung Hee University and as director of the Asia Institute, a think tank dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology, climate change and international relations.
Originally trained in classical Asian culture, Pastreich has written extensively on the intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries. More recently, he has expanded his work to include the environment, international relations, and science policy.
Pastreich has worked as a consultant to both local and central government in Korea, as well as a variety of American, Korean, and Japanese research institutions. He served as adviser to the governor of Chungnam, South Korea, Korea’s largest industrial cluster, as a member of the committee for internationalization of Gwangju City, and as advisor to the CEO of the Daedeok research cluster.
His activities have extended to public relations, international relations, FDI, tourism, agriculture, and academic exchanges. He is a columnist for JoongAng Daily and has written for many Korean, English, and Japanese journals. His book, The Republic of Korea of Which Koreans are Ignorant was a best seller in Korea and was praised by the Korean president at a cabinet meeting.
Pastreich has taught at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He served as an advisor to the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States and was also the editor-in-chief of the journal Dynamic Korea (2005-2007).
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