The Asia Institute Seminar
The Fight to preserve our soil and our future: “Culture is our greatest asset”
December 20, 2012
With David Montgomery
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington
Professor Montgomery, professor of geomorphology and topography at University of Washington and recipient of the MacArthur fellowship, has researched the impact of soil and water on civilizations over the last several thousand years. He has uncovered disturbing long-term implications of our current use of land that should cause everyone to stop and think. His book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations has garnered international attention for its succinct description of the value and fragility of soil, and argues that soil should be considered as a geostrategic resource. Once soil is gone, he suggests, it cannot be easily replaced, and the rate of the increase in the demand for food in the coming century will force us to consider the sustainability of agriculture to our lives.
Why is it that desertification and the loss of soil does not get the attention it deserves at high-level discussions concerning the environment?
Well, desertification does tend to be the forgotten issue. If we look at the areas of the world that are most venerable to climate change, there are three that immediately come to mind. One is coastal regions that are immediately impacted by rising sea levels. The second is the boreal regions where the frozen tundra that is now heating up and profoundly effecting the environment. That trend, combined with the melting of the icecaps will have deep implications for our climate. Both of these trends have received substantial attention. The third is the semi-arid regions around the world that get less attention but have the broadest impact for human settlements. Semi-arid regions are quite sensitive to climate shifts and also to even small changes in land management. Misuse can result in desertification. Vegetation is essential to maintaining the ecosystems in semi-arid regions. Overgrazing and poor land use, especially when combined with climate change, can be extremely threatening to the ecosystem. Continue Reading
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Asia Institute Seminars
The Challenges and Opportunities in Korean Education
Asia Institute seminar with Regina Murphy,Senior Lecturer
October 1, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Regina Murphy Senior Lecturer
“The Crisis in Education in Korea and the World”
Asia Institute seminar with Peter Hershock
September 15, 2012 – Asia Institute seminar with Director, Asian Studies Development Program
East-West Center University of Hawaii, Manoa
“Korean Social Welfare in Comparative Perspective”
Asia Institute seminar with Eckhard Schroeter
August 28, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Eckhard Schroeter, Professor of Chair of Public Administration Zeppelin Universität
The Real Issues on the Korean Peninsula
Asia Institute seminar with Larry Wilkerson
August 28, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Larry Wilkerson ,Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public PolicyCollege of William & Mary
Asia Institute seminar with N. R. Narayana Murthy
August 22, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with N R Narayana Murthy Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Technologies Pvt Ltd., India . Mr. Murthy is a legendary Indian business known for building Infosys Technologies from a local company to a global leader in consulting and technology services. This Interview concerns the position of SMEs (small and medium-size enterprise) in Korea and in the world.
“The Outsider in Korean Politics”
Asia Institute seminar with Gregg Brazinsky
August 11, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Gregg BrazinskyGregg A. Brazinsky Associate Professor of History and International Affairs George Washington University
“An Indian Perspective on the Korean Peninsula”
Asia Institute seminar with Jayanti Raghavan
June 2, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar withDr. Vyjayanti Raghavan, Associate Professor of Centre for Japanese, Korean and Northeast Asian Studies,Jawaharlal Nehru University
“Populism in Korea”
Asia Institute seminar with Benjamin Barber
May 15, 2012-Asia Institute seminar with Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow Demos,President and Founder
May 9, 2012 -Asia Institute seminar with Robert W McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication ,University of Illinois
Challenges in Korean Education”
Asia Institute seminar with Bertram Bruce
May6, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Bertram Chip Bruce, Professor Library & Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Asia Institute seminar with Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
May 29, 2012 - Professor Mark Hasegawa-Johnson received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1996 and serves as associate professor in the University of Illinois department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a full-time faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence group at the Beckman Institute.Professor Johnson is visiting Korea to meet with experts in academics and industry to discuss his research.
“Free Trade and the Status of SMEs in the Global Economy”
Asia Institute seminar with Clyde Prestowitz
April 21, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Clyde Prestowitz, Founder and President of Economic Strategy Institute ,Former counselor to the Secretary of Commerce
“The Outsider in Korean Politics”
Asia Institute seminar with Francis Fukuyama
Apri l 20, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) ,Stanford University
“The Problem of the Media in Korea”
Asia Institute seminar with Noam Chomsky on Media
April 9, 2012 - Asia Institute seminar with Noam Chomsky ,Professor of Linguistics MIT . This seminar is about “The Problem of the Media in Korea”
“The Conditions for Engaging North Korea”
Asia Institute seminar with Jon Huntsman
April 9, 2012 – Asia Institute seminar with Jon Huntsman , American politician, businessman, and diplomat
Former United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China , Former Governor of Utah,Former Republican candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary
“The Challenges of Korean Education in Historical Perspective”
Asia Institute Seminar with Michael Seth, Expert on Korean Education
September 4, 2012 – Asia Institute seminar with Professor Michael Seth of James Madison University about problems in contemporary Korean education and the historical precedents that underlie those problems. The PDF is available here.
“Looking at Free Trade and Korea’s Position in a Globalized World ”
Asia Institute Seminar with Mark Kingwell
May 10, 2012 – Interview with Mark Kingwell, professor of philosophy at University of Toronto. This interview covers many of the rather complex issues of trade in our age related more to culture, epistemology and human experience.
“Korea’s role in science and technology”
Asia Institute Seminar with Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute
April 15, 2012 - The Asia Institute interviewed Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, Nobel Prize winner and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, about his views on Korea and its emerging global role in science.
Asia Institute Seminar with Harold Varmus
“Engaging North Korea”
Asia Institute Seminar with John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus
April 21, 2012 – Seminar with the John Feffer, author of North Korea/South Korea and director of Foreign Policy in Focus, on the subject of effectively engaging North Korea.
“Korea and in the History of Globalization”
Asia Institute Seminar: Interview with Nayan Chanda
February 03, 2012 – President & Director Pastreich conducted an interview with Nayan Chanda, renowned Indian author and journalist, about Korea’s new global role. Mr. Chanda is one of the leading experts on the topic of globalization. His comments on Korea are of particular value because of his conception of does not assume the West to be the center of the phenomenon.
“China’s Future Role in East Asia”
Asia Institute Seminar with Richard Bush
February 13, 2012 – Dr. Pastreich, in association with the Global Peace Youth Corps, conducted a seminar with Dr. Richard Bush, Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. They spoke about issues related to China’s political role in the future and the importance of South Korea in relation to its neighbors.
“What can youth do do to change the world?”
Asia Institute Seminar Transcript with Noam Chomsky
December 03, 2011 – The Asia Institute set up a teleconference with Noam Chomsky and a number of college students here in South Korea on December 3, 2011. The Asia Institute recorded the event and produced a transcript of the entire seminar, which can be downloaded here.
“Korea’s Place in comparative literature”
Asia Institute Seminar: Interview with Haun Saussy
December 29, 2011 – This is the transcript of an Asia Institute seminar with Haun Saussy a leading scholar of Chinese and comparative literature, has been named University Professor of Comparative Literature in the Division of the Humanities and the College at the University of Chicago. One of the few figures with a deep understanding of both the Western classical and Eastern tradition, who has advanced arguments for a new global approach to comparative literature. Professor Saussy is the 17th person ever to hold the title of University Professor at University of Chicago, an honor given to distinguished scholars. In this interview both Dr. Pastreich and his students pose questions to Dr. Saussy about the Western and Chinese traditions of thought, and how the US could benefit from a fusion of the two.
“Wrestling with Convergence”
Asia Institute Seminar Series
Four Part Series on the convergence of technologies and its implications for culture and society with members of the Asia Institute (Hosted by Korea IT Times).
Wrestling with Convergence, Part 1: What Convergence Hath Wrought
Friday, August 19th, 2011
Wrestling with Convergence, Part 2: Convergence in Space
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Wrestling with Convergence, Part 3: Defining the Convergence of Industries
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Wrestling with Convergence, Part 4: Hopes for Convergence
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
By Honda Hirokuni
Moving Beyond Militarization: Northeast needs collective security, not conflict
July 25, 2012 – Korea and Japan recently drafted GSOMIA (General Security Of Military Information Agreement), an agreement for closer military cooperation. The proposed agreement caused tremendous backlash in Korea. Media reports in Japan suggest that the Korean people are opposed because of anti-Japanese sentiment. But I personally feel that for Japan and Korea to take a military approach to their role in supporting the geopolitical order in Asia, under the supervision of the United States, is in no way a positive development for the stability of East Asia.
By Markku Heiskanen
The Seoul Nuclear Security Summit: New Thinking in Northeast Asia?
March 20, 2012 – Markku Heiskanen, in association with James Goodby, has published an article at the Nautilus Institute that calls for a formal end to the Korean War, and therefore an end to the World War II legacy on the peninsula. This call is put forth in the context of 2012 being the time for more active diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. You can read the report online at the Nautilus Institute web site. A copy of the report is also available in PDF form here.
By Emanuel Pastreich
Circles and Squares
October 22, 2012
“From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution”
Foreign Policy in Focus
October 4, 2012
“Is the world really becoming smaller?”
February 06, 2012 – Dr. Pastreich takes a look at the negative side of technology in this paper, exploring the divides and other drawbacks that have been created by technology. As technology makes movement and communication easier, it also causes more strain and more divides between those who have access to such wonders of movement and communication, and those who do not.
“Raise Expectations of Korean Language Competency in International Students”
January 25, 2012 – Director Pastreich published an article dealing with the politics of language on campuses around Korea. He advocated for the expectations to change regarding foreign use of Korean on campus for international students. He said that Koreans are too forgiving of Korean language ignorance and it brings negative consequences. The article can also be viewed online here.
“Korea’s tradition of propriety: Godsend for network age”
January 25, 2012 – Director Pastreich published an article in the Korea Herald congratulating Korea’s tradition of propriety for creating a higher-quality discourse in the Korean-language Internet. He spoke about the distinct lack of manners that the Internet seems to engender in many languages, and the increased manners in which Korean-language internet users seem to conduct themselves. The article can be read online at Korea Herald’s web site here.
“Red Alert: Korean Language Instruction in the United States”
January 05, 2012 – Director Pastreich published an article in the Korea IT Times magazine advocating for an increased push for Korean language instruction outside of Korea to non-Korean speakers. He says that while Korean language instruction is adequate for expatriate Koreans, it is often targeted only at them at the expense of curious non-Korean speakers. The article can be found online here at the Korea IT Times web site.
“A study in the growth of international biomedical research collaboration in Korea”
December 12, 2011 – Emanuel Pastreich, Ian Simon, and Alp Malazgirt published a study in the International Journal of Technology Management & Sustainable Development that details the growth of collaborative efforts in biomedical research collaboration in Korea. With expert interviews and perspectives from many different countries in East Asia, the authors paint a more clear picture of the state of collaboration between countries. The article can be found on ingentaconnect’s web site and can be downloaded for US$18.00 plus tax.
“Next president of KAIST should be a woman”
December 05, 2011 – Director Pastreich published an article in the Korea Herald arguing that the next president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology should be a woman. He advocated for this change by saying Cialis that Korea is a trendsetter for the nation in the sciences. This was illustrated when Professor Robert Laughlin of Stanford was appointed president of KAIST from 2004-2006 and set a trend of appointing foreign faculty members to prominent posts in universities throughout the nation. Director Pastreich hoped for an increased role of women in the sciences with such an appointment. The article can be found on the Korea Herald’s web site.
“Korean Technology Beyond Motherboards and Displays”
November 10, 2011 – Director Pastreich published an article in the December 2011 issue of the Korea IT Times, focusing on the definition of the word technology and its specific implications in Korea’s case. The article was also published online, and can be found here.
“Key Factors for the Future Success of Scientific Research Institutes”
September 09, 2011 – Director Pastreich had an article published in the Korea IT Times about the need for research institutes in Korea to develop a clearer vision of the relationship between a research institute and society, the building of global consortia, the integration of artists’ colonies, and other factors. The article was published in the September issue of the Korea IT Times and can also be found online here.
“After Kimchi and Winter Sonata: The Intellectual Korean Wave”
August 16, 2011 – Director Pastreich published this article in the Korea IT Times in which he speaks about the next steps that Korea must take in order to capitalize on the Korean wave phenomenon. The article can only be found online here.
“Take Naver Global Today!”
July 18, 2011 – Director Pastreich published an article in the Korea IT Times that speaks about the need to internationalize the number one Korean search engine, Naver.com. The article was published in the July issue of the Korea IT Times and can also be found online here.
“Korea as Number One in the Robot Revolution”
March 21, 2011
Director Pastreich published an article in the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report speaking about Korea’s capabilities in developing robotics. The article was published in the March edition of the magazine, and can also be found online here.
“To Take the Lead Globally Korea must build the Ferrari of Hand-held Devices”
September 27, 2010
Director Pastreich published an article in the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report that calls for Korea to build extreme luxury handheld devices in order to take the next step on the global stage. The article was published on September 27 in the online version of the magazine, and also published in the December print edition.
“Making Korea the Undisputed Leader in Construction Globally”
May 10, 2010 – Director Pastreich advocated for the Korean construction sector to take the lead in introducing new concepts of community and urban planning into the global marketplace in order to make a better name for itself in an article published in the MK Business News newspaper. The article appears online in English here.
“The Eco-Currency: A Proposal”
March 01, 2010
Director Pastreich published an article in the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report calling for a further integration of the environment and the economy, making it financially irresponsible to be environmentally irresponsible. The article can be found here.
“The 3E Café in Daejeon, Korea”
October 01, 2009
Director Pastreich had an article published in the Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report regarding the 3E Cafe held in Daejeon on August 19, 2009. Three students from the 3E Cafe in Tsukuba, Japan, visited Daejeon for three days for this conference. Richard Register, President of Ecocity Builders (Oakland, California, USA), the man who invented the term “ecocity” delivered a talk and participated in a discuss of the 3E Cafe held at Daedeok Innopolis the evening of August 20. The article can be found here.
“Wenchuan as an Ecocity”
July 03, 2008 - Director Pastreich, in association with John Feffer, published an article suggesting that the city of Wenchuan could be rebuilt as an eco-city after the earthquake. The article was carried in Foreign Policy in Focus.
“The Language of Climate Change”
April 23, 2009 – Director Pastreich published an article at Foreign Policy in Focus that calls for the ideas regarding climate change to be translated into the language of local business the world over, and for think tank organizations to reach out to multinational readers by putting up web sites in multiple languages. The article can be found online at the Foreign Policy in Focus web site.
“The Frankenstein Alliance”
March 09, 2007 – Director Pastreih published an article at Foreign Policy in Focus speaking about the alliance that the US has in Asia and analyzing its relative strengths and weaknesses. The article can be found here at the FPIF web site.
“Daejeon: Environmental Capital of Asia”
January 10, 2008 – Director Pastreich, along with Jung-Hoon Han, published an article in the English-language version of OhmyNews speaking about the prominent role that Daejeon would play in inspiring other cities in Asia to become more environmentally-friendly. The article can be found here.
“The Balancer: Roh Moo-hyun’s Vision of Korean Politics and the Future of Northeast Asia”
August 01, 2005 – Director Pastreich had an article published in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, analyzing the future of Northeast Asia in light of then-President Roh Moo-hyun’s politics. The article can be found here.
“Sovereignty, Wealth, Culture, and Technology: Mainland China and Taiwan Grapple with the Parameters of “Nation State” in the 21st Century”
July 01, 2003 – Director Pastreich, during his tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published a paper that introduces the historical background of the present confrontations and negotiations between Taiwan and mainland China and turns to a consideration of the debate on sovereignty between the two political entities and how that debate relates to the past events, the present legitimacy of both entities, and the new challenges of globalization. The paper can be downloaded here a at the ACIDS web site of University of Illinois.
“Strategies for Promoting Successful International Collaboration in Convergence Technologies: A Consideration of the Korean Bio-Medical Field”
Asia Institute & Seoul National University’s Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology Report on International Collaboration
September 01, 2011
The Asia Institute completed a report on strategies for international collaboration in technology convergence in cooperation with Seoul National University’s Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology that focused on new developments in the bio-medical field. This report was the culmination of Director Pastreich’s work with University of Illinois, Yale University, MIT, RIKEN (Japan) and other institutes concerning effective strategies for international collaboration in convergence technology research. The study was guided by Emanuel Pastreich, Eugene Pak, Ph.D., of SNU, AICT, and Vince Rubino of SEE GENE Incorporated. Michael Gehret, Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies and Richard Herman, Chancellor Emeritus of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, participated in the study.
“Need for Convergence Technology Tools for Assessment of Toxicological Implications of Ionizing Radiation”
May 01, 2011
This is an Asia Institute report written by Vince Rubino detailing the effects of ionizing radiation in the environment in light of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. It was written in order to give an accurate picture of what the officials and residents of areas of Japan affected by nuclear radiation would be dealing with exactly. It includes an in-depth explanation of the three types of ionizing radiation, its effects on biological tissues, and calling for new tools to more easily determine if exposure has occurred.
“A Survey of the Nuclear Safety Infrastructure in Southeast Asia and Prospects for the Future”
The Asia Institute and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety
May 01, 2010
This is a report prepared by the Asia Institute for the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety detailing their assessment of the current nuclear safety infrastructure in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, and Laos. The paper makes the case that the regulatory bodies of the major Southeast Asian nations are increasing budgets and training experts in preparation for a new nuclear world, and therefore an accurate assessmen of the current state of that preparation is necessary.
“Approaches to International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology”
Asia Institute together & Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB)
This report presents the results of detailed interviews and surveys of materials concerning effective strategies for international collaboration in biotechnology. The recommendations in the final chapter are particularly valuable. The full report is available here:
“Strategies for Cooperation between Ecocities”
August 26, 2009
This report was presented at the Asian Ecocity Summit held in Daejeon, South Korea, from August 24-26, 2009. The report detailed a plan for cooperation between cities desiring to become sustainable, energy-independet, and environmentally-friendly in the ways that they grew over the next few decades. The original document was presented in Arabic, English, Korean, and Mongolian, and all four versions of the document are available for download in a zip file.
Address at Asia Institute Seminar on the Occasion of the Seoul Nuclear Summit
March 22, 2012 – The Asia Institute held a seminar on the occasion of the Seoul Nuclear Summit. Director Pastreich gave some opening remarks to set the tone of the event. He spoke about Albert Einstein’s attitude towards the issue of nuclear technology and preserving global peace. A transcript of those remarks is available here.
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