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. In this talk, Dr. Emanuel Pastreich will focus on the 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 could be considerable. Pastreich will also present that 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.
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. He has also published five books in Korean, two books in Chinese and has a forthcoming book in Japanese on environmental security.
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