Emanuel Yi Pastreich
Professor at Kyung Hee University
Emanuel Pastreich Pastreich founded The Asia Institute in 2007 while working in Daejeon, Korea.
Emanuel Pastreich writes extensively on culture, technology, the environment and international relations with a focus on Northeast Asia. He serves as a professor at Kyung Hee University’s College of International Studies and as the director of the Asia Institute in Seoul, Korea.
Pastreich majored in Chinese at Yale University (1987) and received an M.A. in comparative literature at the University of Tokyo (1992), where he did all coursework in Japanese. After receiving a Ph.D. at Harvard University (1997) he started teaching at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a professor of Japanese literature. His research focused on the reception of Chinese vernacular narrative in Korea and Japan in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a topic about which he has written two books.
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 as editor-in-chief of Dynamic Korea an on-line newspaper produced by the Korean foreign ministry. He founded The Asia Institute in 2007 while working as a consultant for Daejeon’s Korea’s IT cluster.
Pastreich has been an advocate for a more rigorous environmental policy in Asia. While in Daejeon, Pastreich helped to found the Daejeon Green Growth Forum, a group of researchers at major institutes dedicated to encouraging environmentally friendly policies in the city of Daejeon and Korea as a whole. The Daejeon Green Growth Forum was made an official NGO working closely with the Daejeon Metropolitan City and also collaborating with the 3E Forum of Tsukuba, Japan.
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. The Global Convergence Forum was later incorporated and works with research institutes on the future prospects for the convergence of technologies.
Dr. Hyungyul Kim
Professor at Sookmyung Women’s University
Dr. Kim Hyungyul Kim is a professor of German history at Sookmyung Women’s University and the director the Korea Center for Digital Humanities. Dr. Kim has a master’s degree in history in history from Marburg University in Germany, and a Ph.D in History from Wien University in Austria.
Dr. Kim is best known for his work in on-line education in Korea as a means of empowering youth. .
Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies
John Feffer is a leading policy analyst in Washington D.C. who is known for his thoughtful approach to international relations with attention to cultural, historic and social issues. Feffer serves as co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF), a journal run by the Institute for Policy Studies. Feffer writes a weekly column for FPIF and numerous articles. Feffer is the author of Crusade 2.0, a study of bias in U.S. policy towards Islam, Korea/South Korea: US Policy and the Korean Peninsula, a consideration of U.S. policy towards North Korea, and Living in Hope, a description of creative responses by local communities to the challenges of globalization. He is known for his writings on Russia, Eastern Europe and East Asia. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has studied in England and Russia, lived in Poland and Japan, and traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia.
Dr. Honda Hirokuni
Professor of Economics at Dokkyo University
Professor Honda Hirokuni is a member of the economics department of Dokkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, and a specialist on the United States economy and international economics. He has written about international trade, the relationship of income distribution to globalization and manufacturing policy in Japan and around the world. Recently, Professor Honda has written about government policies for addressing the poor distribution of income. He is currently working on a book with The Asia Institute regarding a new architecture for international relations in East Asia.
Dr. Wang Son-taek
Diplomatic Correspondent at YTN
Dr. Wang is one of Korea’s leading journalists on North Korea and diplomatic affairs. Straddling both scholarship and journalism, he is known for informative and well-balanced comments on diplomatic affairs due to the wide range of knowledge and experiences
on issues like North Korean nuclear activity, North-South relations, and Korea-U.S. relations. His work emphasizes the importance of the domestic political cycle
in the process of foreign policy making. His interest includes comparison of the two Koreas regarding the traditional culture of the Korea peninsula, the continuity in Confucian approaches to government and development issues regarding the North Korean regime. He received a Ph.D. at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. Wang has been at YTN, a premiere terrestrial news network, since 1994. He became a diplomatic correspondent in 2006 after covering diverse issues like domestic politics, diplomatic affairs, law-enforcement, and world news stories.
Center for International Studies
Jin Kai is an expert on Chinese international relations and columnist for the Diplomat who has argued for the value of close cooperation between the United States and China.
Jung Yoojin serves as translator in both English and Japanese, has translated several institute book chapters, and assists in editing across several disciplinary boundaries. Jung also conducts preliminary research on contemporary Korean science and developmental policies, and assembles TAI seminars. She has audited and participated in cultural sociology workshops at Yale University, and is engaged in comparative research on culture, individual actors, and modernity. She holds a B.A. in Chinese and a B.A. Japanese at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and an M.A. in East Asian studies at Duke University, where in her thesis she compared developmental strategies of Korea and China. She examined how respective domestic institutions differently shaped development in regard to the relationship between the historical and modernization experiences that brought about rapid economic growth in both countries. Jung presented her work at the Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference. She speaks Korean, English, Japanese and Mandarin.
Researcher & Internship Program Coordinator
Young Collyer is the founder of the Global Youth Institute and long-time organizer of Asia Institute’s internship program. A professional translator and teacher, she had dedicated her efforts to encouraging youth to have the courage and the imagination to work for a better world.
United States Representative
Grand Rapids Office
Dr. Deborah Havens has had a varied career in education as well as in television and in radio broadcasting, holding several certifications in education, management, leadership, and personal development training. She holds a doctorate degree in education at Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. Havens has worked as a news reporter and talk show host for an all-news radio station and later produced award-winning documentaries, investigative reports, and public affairs programming for television.
She has served a number of years in non-profit leadership roles; she is the founding chair of the board of directors of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to promoting creative and economic health in western Michigan via the film and production community. Since 2005, Alliance has worked with filmmakers, politicians, economic development experts, and trade organizations.
Dr. Havens has traveled to Korea several times as a result of family ties in Busan. Her son has lived in Korea for nearly 20 years, and is a published translator of three books of ancient Korean poetry. Most recently, Dr. Havens initiated the non-profit organization Korean Connection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, in order to establish closer cultural and economic ties with Korea. An important part of the Korean cultural exchange in western Michigan and other locales in the U.S. will be programs initiated in partnership with The Asia Institute.
Arthur E. Michalak oversees internal and external communications, media relations, and directs strategies to support growth for the institute’s knowledge operations. Michalak engages with technologists, policy makers, writers, and academicians on developing communications that broadly shape issues at the institute. Michalak studied physics (BSc) and holds an MSc in physics pedagogy. His interests at the institute are in the interdependence of science, society, and environment. An interest in history and education informs his work.
Mariesa Ricks is a senior manager at HealthConnected, a comprehensive web-based platform serving the families of chronically-ill children. Ricks earned a M.S. at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was actively involved in student government and university-wide student initiatives. As a graduate student, she worked with other Harvard students to launch a nutrition-centric smartphone app and also worked as a graduate student consultant for the management technology consulting firm Endeavour Partners. She received her A.B. in human evolutionary biology with a citation in Spanish in 2008 at Harvard College, where she served as a student leader on many organizational boards. Mariesa volunteers with Harvard Medical School’s The Family Van, an innovative mobile health clinic bringing much-needed preventative care services to vulnerable communities. She is currently president of the Boston Chapter of the Harvard Black Alumni Society, a 501(c)(3) organization encompassing graduates of all Harvard schools, and enjoys cooking and sports in her spare time.
China Program Coordinator
Zhao Xinyue is in charge of cooperation with Chinese organizations, publicity, communications, and other affairs related to China at the institute. She studied Korean language and literature at Beijing Language and Culture University, studied as an exchange student at Dongguk University and Kyung Hee University, and is an M.A. student in International Studies at Seoul National University. Translation and interpretation experience enabled her to understand the differences between cultures and how to promote culture exchange and communication. Zhao is also an active participant in Future Forest, a NGO devoted to combating desertification and encouraging mutual understanding among Chinese and Korean youth. Zhao believes in the power and potential of young people and she dedicates herself to helping Asian youth leaders expand their horizon and encourage their sense of responsibility. She is currently focusing on her study on Womenomics and Korean society.
Daniel Garrett is a retired U.S. Department of State diplomat. His areas of expertise include human rights, trafficking in persons, Himalayan regional issues, climate change and international transboundary water issues. He is currently working to facilitate the accelerated emergence of innovative ideas and technologies that make it possible for human civilizations and their infrastructures to be seamlessly interwoven in a productive manner into the earth systems which sustain and support them. He is an avid writer, painter, composer and mountain climber.