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Mai Anna Pressley

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Korea Economic Institute of America
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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. 

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

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol recently announced plans to relocate the presidential residence from its current location to Yongsan, a district in Seoul best known for previously hosting a U.S. garrison. The decision has been controversial. Among speculations on Yoon’s unstated rationale, a prominent line of discourse attributes the move to longstanding rumors about the…

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April 3, 2022

In the weeks leading up to the 2022 South Korean presidential election, many young men in their 20s and 30s self-identified as “No. 2 Man” to indicate their support for the no. 2 candidate on the ballot, conservative Yoon Seok Yeol. After Yoon’s election victory, the term has been appropriated by detractors to derogatorily identify…

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March 19, 2022

As 2021 began, the world was still in the depths of the pandemic and vaccines to protect against COVID-19 were only beginning to become available to the public in a small number of countries. As 2022 begins, the pandemic continues to impact lives and economies around the world but there are signs of recovery. Among…

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Region: Asia, North America