Emanuel Pastreich graduated in the major of Chinese literature from Yale’s Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures in 1987. He has an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Tokyo (1992) and a Ph.D. in comparative Asian literature from Harvard University (1998).
Pastreich served as assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is currently associate professor at the College of International Studies at Kyung Hee University in Korea.
He founded the Asia Institute in 2007, a think tank that considers the interplay of technology, the environment and culture with a focus on East Asia. His research work concerns the convergence of technologies in an age of unprecedented technological change and its implications for society. At the same time, he continues his original research on the classical novel in China, Japan and Korea.
Pastreich has been a columnist for Chosun Ilbo, Tong-a Ilbo, MK Business News (Maeil Gyeongjae Sinmun) and several other central Korean newspapers. Pastreich has written articles about the environment, technology, globalization, international relations and business in Asia for such journals as Japan Focus, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. He has published three books in English: The Novels of Park Jiwon: Translation of Overlook Worlds (Seoul National University Press), The Observable Mundane: Vernacular Chinese and the Emergence of a Discourse on Popular Narrative in Edo Japan (Seoul National University Press) and Select Publications of the Asia Institute. He has also published three books in Korean.