The Asia Institute Seminar Series 2016

The Asia Institute Seminar Series 2016 is a collection of recent Asia Institute seminars on critical topics with some of the most important figures of our age. Please feel free to download a version from this page.



Professor Henry Rosovsky 

Former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University


Professor Daniel A. Bell

Chair Professor 

Schwarzman Scholar Program

Tsinghua University


Benjamin Elman

Professor of Chinese History

Princeton University


Col. (ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson

Former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell


Alexis Dudden

Professor of Japanese history

University of Connecticut


Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Harvard University


Professor Joseph Nye

Former Dean

Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University


Dr. Richard Bush

Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies

Brookings Institution


Professor Francis Fukuyama

Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

Stanford University.


Professor Ezra Vogel

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus

Harvard University



The Asia Institute Seminar Series 2016



Asia Institute’s Daniel Garrett speaks out in Shanghai about the Poor and the Earth


Asia Institute’s Daniel Garrett spoke out about the need to address the needs of the poor in our global policies and to show respect for the Earth itself in a talk at the international conference “The Role of the G20 in Global Energy Governance” at the The Shanghai Institute for International Studies. The paper is attached.

The Impact of Low Oil Prices


The Role of the G20 in Global Energy Governance

International Conference

The Shanghai Institute for International Studies,

Shanghai, China

July 27-28, 2015


Some Recommendation for Global Energy Governance and the G20

“Listen to the Voices of the Uninvited:

The Poor of the Earth and the Earth Itself”

Daniel H. Garrett

Senior Researcher
The Asia Institute




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What Democracy means to us?


A Seminar on Democracy in East Asia by members of Peace East Asia



Produced by:

Peace East Asia

With the support of

The Asia Institute


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Discussion Members:

Jingyu GAO  (China)

LeoYao LU  (China)

Myeongsu Ryu TODA  (ROK)

Sunny Chan Yiu LAM  (HK)

Shi Pong LEE  (HK)

Yumiko SHIMOGAKI  (Japan)



Emanuel Pastreich (United States)

(Director, The Asia Institute)


(Based on a series of discussions held on October 5, November 15, November 22, and December 6, 2014)



Opening Remarks by Emanuel Pastreich (United States)

This seminar presented us with a valuable opportunity to learn about each other, and also to learn about our own perspectives and our own biases. We came to the question of democracy, and specifically the case of Hong Kong, with a general impression the issue based on how we saw it presented in the media. But in fact that are many aspects of politics in Hong Kong and of democracy today that we do not understand all that well. The very term “democracy” is not a given like “tomato” or “oxygen” but rather a vague term subject to an infinite number of interpretations. The value of this effort by youth from many different countries to create a platform for an honest and non-political discussion about the important issues of our age is critical to our future and it is an honor to be here today for this event.

I was struck by the sincerity of the questions raised and the care of the responses given in the course of this discussion. There was a sincerity that was striking about the discussion and I was touched by the clear desire of the students to understand the problems in Hong Kong in a larger context. By extending their discussion to all of Asia, and avoiding a narrow definition of democracy, they have opened the way to a constructive dialog that will extend to the rest of Asia, and to the world.

Youth in Hong Kong are facing incredible pressures. They face economic pressures related to the breakdown of the economic system that supported their parents; political pressures related to the immense influence that other nations have on Hong Kong because of its links to global capital; social pressures related to an aging society and the profound alienation among young people today. Continue Reading

New Chinese Book from the Asia Institute: “Searching for Truth on Both Sides of the Ocean” by Emanuel Pastreich





贝一明(Emanuel Pastreich)著

首尔:亚洲研究所出版社 2014年 7月

序 文

前 言

第一章  老美中文学习记






第二章  论教育





教育的危机 Continue Reading

Do We Need a Constitution of Information? (The Hankyoreh & Huffington Post) June 5, 2013

The recent scandal involving the surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News by the United States Justice Department has focused attention on the erosion of privacy and freedom of speech in recent years. But before we simply attribute these events to the ethical failings of Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff, we also should consider the technological revolution powering this incident, and thousands like it. It would appear that bureaucrats simply are seduced by the ease with which information can be gathered and manipulated. At the rate that technologies for the collection and fabrication of information are evolving, what is now available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the United States, and around the world, will soon be available to individuals and small groups.

We must come to terms with the current information revolution and take the first steps to form global institutions that will assure that our society, and our governments, can continue to function through this chaotic and disconcerting period. The exponential increase in the power of computers will mean that changes the go far beyond the limits of slow-moving human government. We will need to build new institutions to the crisis that are substantial and long-term. It will not be a matter that can be solved by adding a new division to Homeland Security or Google.

We do not have any choice. To make light of the crisis means allowing shadowy organizations to usurp for themselves immense power through the collection and distortion of information. Failure to keep up with technological change in an institutional sense will mean that in the future government will be at best a symbolic façade of authority with little authority or capacity to respond to the threats of information manipulation. In the worst case scenario, corporations and government agencies could degenerate into warring factions, a new form of feudalism in which invisible forces use their control of information to wage murky wars for global domination. Continue Reading