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Mai Anna Pressley

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Mai Anna Pressley is the Operations Manager at the Korea Economic Institute of America. She leads the Institute’s response to the pandemic and coordinates visits by policymakers and researchers from outside Washington, D.C. She also provides editorial assistance to KEI’s weekly newsletter Korea View. Areas of interest for Mai include South Korean history, politics and popular culture, and North Korean human rights. Her writing has been published in the Diplomat Magazine. 

Prior to joining KEI in August 2021, she served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Community Restoration Centers, Inc. of Stark County, OH. There she provided administrative assistance to the CEO and headed the organization’s pandemic response team. She is also a freelance editor and provides editing and proofreading services to a base of international clients.  

Mai Anna graduated from Kent State University in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in South Korea. Returning to the country to both teach English and pursue a graduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree in International Studies with a focus on East Asia from Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies in 2017. 

Seoul has hosted a Queer Festival annually since 2000, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Korea that faces persistent social reprisals. But this year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government refused to extend a permit for the event, which the organizers see as motivated by discrimination. The most vocal opponents of the festival, and gay rights overall, are…

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The anticipated debut of girl group Le Sserafim has been marred by accusations that one of the members had been a school bully. Last year, other singers, actors, and even professional athletes faced similar allegations. Bullying is not an issue unique to South Korea, so why are these accusations enough to damage a career? Bullying…

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A video on the social media platform TikTok went viral after a popular vlogger was accosted while attempting to film a South Korean club’s anti-foreigner entry sign. The incident spurred conversations on the racism and xenophobia faced by the international community living within Korea, particularly in Seoul. Such occurrences are common, and several similar happenings…

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The landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States, protecting women’s rights to choose without government restriction. Just as reproductive rights are under threat in the United States, they are just beginning to find footing in South Korea. South Korea instated a blanket ban in 1953, with a 1973 revision allowing…

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