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Mai Anna Pressley

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Korea Economic Institute of America
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About Mai Anna Pressley

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. 

In 2023, KEI has set out on its “Rethinking Korea initiative,” which explores the evolution of U.S.-Korea relations, Korea’s place in the world, and rapid changes in Korean society itself.…

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Region: North America

October 26, 2023

This article was published on The Diplomat on October 3, 2022. On September 14, a female subway worker was murdered by her ex-coworker in Sindang Station. The 28-year-old victim had filed a…

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October 6, 2022

Questions of whether the K-pop market has peaked are hardly new. Concerns about market oversaturation have been raised since the inception of the third generation in 2012 when the number of groups that debuted annually more than tripled. New bands from industry powerhouses are not making the expected impact in sales, and there has been…

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Region: Asia

June 10, 2024

A video version of the 10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula in 2023 with the blog's authors is available on KEI's YouTube channel. The most significant event to impact the Korean Peninsula in 2022 was Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As in much of the world, the war had the effect of furthering…

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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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