Passionate discussion of Korea-China relations at Hongling Chinese Culture Salon

Passionate discussion of Korea-China relations at Hongling Chinese Culture Salon

On September 27, 2017 the Hongling Culture Salon, a bimonthly gathering which offers an opportunity for Koreans, Chinese and other residents of Seoul to discuss current issues in Chinese language, held a special meeting on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the normalization of normalization of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea. The Hongling Culture Salon is organized by the Asia Institute, Kyung Hee University Cyber University and the Confucius Institute of Kyung Hee University. The seminar was our thirteenth such event.

 

I was tapped to lead an honest and at times, moving debate among the 50 individuals who gathered for the salon. We had much to discuss granted the aggressive approach of the Trump administration towards North Korea and China and the tragic impact of the deployment of THAAD in South Korea over the objections of the Chinese government.

Many attending were Chinese who have lived in Korea for many years, or Koreans who have lived in China for many years, in most cases with husbands or wives from the other country. The speakers expressed both tremendous enthusiasm about the potential for real cooperation in just about every field, a deep sadness that political circumstances had done so much damage, and desire to explore new routes forward.

We were joined by a delegation from Tongji University in Shanghai, incuding Dean Liu Shuyan 刘淑妍of the International School of Tongji University and Xu Jianping徐建平, professor of mathematics and Associate Party Secretary. Professor Fang Ping of Tongji University, now the director of the Confucius Institute at Kyung Hee University, made a special effort to go around to each participant and get their perspectives on how we should move forward. Professor Im Kyu-seop of Kyung Hee Cyber University also did the same for Korean participants.

We had a group from the Chinese embassy, lead by Ai Hongge 艾宏歌, Counsellor for Education.

The following day, September 28th, a smaller gathering of Kyung Hee students met to discuss Korean-Chinese relations from their perspective. The following is a description of that event in Chinese and English.

 


 

 

Record of the Chinese Seminar on September 28th, 2017

On the evening of September 28th , 2017, 6:30-8:00, the 2nd Chinese seminar of the series activities “Chinese Language Salon for Chinese and Korean students“ which is sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the Asia Institute, was held in the 327 classroom of Confucius Institute . A total of nearly 20 students from China, Korea, Singapore and Europe participated in the discussions about language learning and cultural experience. The students talked extensively about language speaking skills, dialects, traveling, customs, literature and so on.

At the beginning of the activity, students talked about their original intention of learning two languages. Korean students generally refer to the Chinese language courses at their foreign language high schools as the origin why they learned and became interested in Chinese. Non Korean students studying in Korea were generally motivated by Korean pop culture and chose to study in Korea.

When it comes to difficulties in learning Chinese, Korean students generally say that the “four tones” of Chinese are the most difficult to grasp. Second, the four-character idioms are also difficult to use skillfully. China students and Singapore students mentioned Korean phonetic phenomenon is difficult to use.

When it comes to dialect and traveling, the salon’s atmosphere reaches its highest point. All the students have shown the dialects of their hometowns. The Chinese students demonstrated the Beijing dialect, the Shanghai dialect, the northeast dialect, the Henan dialect, the Hunan dialect and so on to the Korean students. Korean students show dialects of Seoul, Kwangju, Busan and other places. Singapore students have shown the Malay language, which aroused great interest among Chinese and Korean students.

When the topic was travelling, China students said they mainly visited the tunnel business area, while Korean students prefer the humanities, nature and culture. Among the Korean students, there was someone who had even traveled to 34 cities in China; someone had gone to Mount Huangshan; someone even had eaten authentic Lanzhou noodles in Lanzhou, Gansu province.

Finally, the Chinese seminar ended in a perfect atmosphere, students even spontaneously formed friends to do mutual learning in the future.

 

 

9月28日水原汉语文化沙龙活动总结

 

2017年9月28日晚上6:30-8:00,由孔子学院和亚洲研究所联合发起主办的 “中韩师生汉语文化沙龙”系列活动2-”我和Han语的邂逅”在孔子学院327教室如期举行。活动总共有近20名中,韩,新加坡等多国学生及老师参与其中,围绕语言学习和文化体验展开了热烈讨论。与会学生广泛讨论了口语,方言,旅游,风俗,文学等内容。

活动伊始同学们聊到自己学习汉语和韩语的初衷。韩国同学们普遍提到了就读外国语高中时期的中文课程是自己最初系统学习汉语并对其产生兴趣的原因。非韩国籍的在韩留学生普遍是受到韩国流行文化的影响而选择了来韩国学习。

提到汉语学习中遇到最大的困难,韩国同学普遍表示汉语的四声最难把握,很难说准。其次四字成语也难以熟练使用。中国同学和新加坡同学则对韩语的音变感到困难。

当聊到方言和旅游的时候,沙龙活动的气氛到达了最高点。各国同学纷纷向大家展示了自己家乡的方言,中国同学向韩国同学示范了北京话,上海话,东北话,河南话,湖南话等。韩国同学则展示了首尔,光州,釜山等地的方言。新加坡同学更向大家显示了马来语,引起中韩两国学生极大兴趣。

提到旅游,中国同学普遍常造访的是明洞等商业区,外国同学大多则偏爱游览中国的山水人文。韩国同学中甚至有去过中国34个城市的旅游达人,有的去登过黄山,有的甚至远至甘肃省兰州市吃过正宗的兰州拉面。

最终,本次汉语文化沙龙活动在各国同学们的欢声笑语中结束,大家甚至自发结成好友,相约日后共同学习交流。

9月28日水原汉语文化沙龙活动总结

2017年9月28日晚上6:30-8:00,由孔子学院和亚洲研究所联合发起主办的 “中韩师生汉语文化沙龙”系列活动2-”我和Han语的邂逅”在孔子学院327教室如期举行。活动总共有近20名中,韩,新加坡等多国学生及老师参与其中,围绕语言学习和文化体验展开了热烈讨论。与会学生广泛讨论了口语,方言,旅游,风俗,文学等内容。

活动伊始同学们聊到自己学习汉语和韩语的初衷。韩国同学们普遍提到了就读外国语高中时期的中文课程是自己最初系统学习汉语并对其产生兴趣的原因。非韩国籍的在韩留学生普遍是受到韩国流行文化的影响而选择了来韩国学习。

提到汉语学习中遇到最大的困难,韩国同学普遍表示汉语的四声最难把握,很难说准。其次四字成语也难以熟练使用。中国同学和新加坡同学则对韩语的音变感到困难。

当聊到方言和旅游的时候,沙龙活动的气氛到达了最高点。各国同学纷纷向大家展示了自己家乡的方言,中国同学向韩国同学示范了北京话,上海话,东北话,河南话,湖南话等。韩国同学则展示了首尔,光州,釜山等地的方言。新加坡同学更向大家显示了马来语,引起中韩两国学生极大兴趣。

提到旅游,中国同学普遍常造访的是明洞等商业区,外国同学大多则偏爱游览中国的山水人文。韩国同学中甚至有去过中国34个城市的旅游达人,有的去登过黄山,有的甚至远至甘肃省兰州市吃过正宗的兰州拉面。

最终,本次汉语文化沙龙活动在各国同学们的欢声笑语中结束,大家甚至自发结成好友,相约日后共同学习交流。


“A REPUBLIC OF KOREA GREATER THAN KOREANS IMAGINED” IS IT POSSIBLE? OCTOBER 27, 2017

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“A Republic of Korea Greater than Koreans imagined”

Is it possible?

Friday, October 27, 2017

7-9 PM

Discussion led by

Emanuel Pastreich

Director

The Asia Institute

Location:

KT Olleh Square Innovation/Economy/Renovation Center

(First Floor of KT Building, Gwanghwamun [next to US Embassy])

(광화문 KT 올레스퀘어  창조경제혁신센터회의실

The Republic of Korea is faced with overwhelming challenges from the current economic collapse, the breakdown of an equitable society under pressure from an aging population and the unequal distribution of wealth and the constant pressure of climate change.

The problems are almost overwhelming, although few want to discuss them. Yet, might there not be some opportunities beneath the surface in Korean know-how, in the Korean culture and in the remarkable vitality of Korean youth? Join us for a open discussion with Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute and author of the recent best-selling book, “A Republic of Korea Greater than Koreans imagined.”


“Is Northeast Asia the source of the climate crisis, or the solution?” seminar at New York University, Shanghai Thursday, October 19, 2017

 “Is Northeast Asia the source of the climate crisis, or the solution?”

 

Emanuel Pastreich

Director

The Asia Institute

@

New York University Shanghai

Thursday, October 19, 2017

5:30-7:00 PM

 

Room 1505

 15 Floor

New York University Shanghai

 

Northeast Asia has undergone a tremendous transformation over the last fifty years which is still heralded as an economic miracle. But the devastating impact of climate change suggests that a far different narrative will emerge in the years ahead. Many are concerned that the awareness of climate change remains low in the region and that reliance on smokestack industries and a consumption culture will have serious impact.

But there are signs that China is moving more quickly to address the environmental crisis than any other country in the world, and because of the scale of China’s economy, the impact will be considerable. Similar, if less ambitious, efforts are being made in Korea and Japan.

Moreover, China, Japan and Korea have a tremendous tradition of sophisticated organic farming and recycling which offers our future some hope. The American professor F. H. King detailed Asia’s achievements in his book Farmers of Forty Centuries back in 1909, suggesting that the West should learn from China. Sadly, the opposite has taken place.

 

 

Room 1555

New York University Shanghai

Shijie dadao

Xin-qu

Pudong

Shanghai

 

上海市

浦东

新区

世纪大道

1505号

上海纽约大学

 

“气候变化的危机:东北亚是原因,或者解决”

 

贝一明

亚洲研究所所长

庆熙大学国际大学院副教授

2017年 10月19日

演讲

5:30-7:00 PM

上海市

浦东

新区

世纪大道

1555号

上海纽约大学

 

 

 

 

 


Asia Institute Seminar: New Possibilities for exchange between Korea and Japan

Asia Institute Seminar:

New Possibilities for exchange between Korea and Japan

Sunday March 28

8-9 PM

Paul Bassett

Koreana Hotel

Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea

Two young Japanese known for their advocacy for peace in Asia, Kawanaka Yo & Hara Hiroyuki, will be available to talk to you about new potential approaches to cooperation so that we can move forward in a positive direction. Please do join us at the Koreana Hotel Paul Bassett.

 


“INDIA’S STRATEGIC INTERESTS IN EAST ASIA” June 17 6 PM

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Asia Institute Seminar

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6:00-7:30 PM

 

Rahul Raj

Professor

Sejong University

 

“India’s Strategic Interests in East Asia”

 

 

Introductory Remarks:

Emanuel Pastreich

Director

The Asia Institute

 

 

Asia Institute Chungmuro Office

8th Floor

24, Chungmuro 11-gil Jung-gu Seoul, Korea

 (see map below)

중구충무로 11길 24번지 8층

02 2277-7132

 

India has taken a deeper interest in East Asia as it strives to define its new global role. This seminar will consider what India is looking for, who are the different parties competing to define India’s strategy and what are the prospects for the future.

Although India’s engagement with East Asia dates back to thousands of years, much of the developments in the realm of the business and strategic relations developed in the post-1990s to project itself as a regional power when it opened its market and launched its “Look East Policy”. Under this policy, it initiated forging several economic and commercial ties and also enhanced security partnerships with like-minded countries who are concerned with the increasing influence of China in the region. In the early years, the Look East Policy was primarily focused on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). India has since expanded the geographic domain of its policy to include Korea, Japan, China, and Australia.

 

As the power balance is moving from the western hemisphere to Asia-pacific region wherein the rise of China and the US’s pivot to Asia define the foreign policy debate in many countries, New Delhi has also crafted its foreign policy to stay abreast. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led government soon after its emphatic victory in 2014 re-crafted the India’s “Look East Policy” to “Act East Policy” wherein it has sought to actively engage the Asian partners both from the economic as well as security perspective.

This can be gauged by the fact that Asia has become one of the most focused areas of the present government. The Modi government has forged and revitalized several strategic partnerships and also tried to put impetus in the existing partnerships with countries which had lost its sheen due to India’s own policy paralysis in the last few years. The strategic interest is not only confined to military but it also includes economic interests. India is the second biggest market with its rapidly ballooning middle class wherein most of the Asian tigers including Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and many others have huge strategic interests in the world’s fastest growing economy.

 

 

 

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