Director of The Earth Management Institute, Researcher at The Asia Institute, Vice President, University of Brain Education, Associate, Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University.
Pastreich currently runs the Earth Management Institute, a research institute dedicated to addressing the impact of climate change and globalization on our society.
He was the founder of The Asia Institute, a research institute dedicated to the study of technology’s impact on society. The Asia Institute has offices in Vietnam, the United States and Japan and produces reports, holds international seminars, and promotes international collaboration on technology and society throughout Asia.
Pastreich majored in Chinese literature at Yale University and studied for one year at National Taiwan University. He has a master’s degree in comparative literature from University of Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.
He started his career as an assistant professor of Japanese literature at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He later taught at George Washington University and ran a program on international relations at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. which drew considerable attention.
Pastreich has worked in Korea for the last eleven years, teaching at Kyung Hee University until the founding of the Earth Management Institute in 2018. He has five books in Korean, one of which, A Korea that Koreans are ignorant of, became a national best-seller. He has two books in English on Asian literature and one book in Chinese Crossing the Ocean in the Search for Truth (Yinhe Publishers). He is a regular columnist in Korea at the JoongAng Ilbo and in China at Baidu News and Guanchazhe.