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Why run as an independent candidate for president?

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A protester wears a gas mask and carries an American flag during a rally in response to Michigan's coronavirus stay-at-home order, at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, May 14. AP
By Emanuel Pastreich
My name is Emanuel Pastreich and I have declared myself an independent candidate for president of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

I have been a teacher for most of my career, teaching at university level, but also for high school, starting in 1998 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My specialty has been East Asian studies, covering the cultures and histories of Japan, China and Korea. More recently my writings have expanded to cover contemporary politics, security, technology and economics.

I made up my mind early on that as Asia became more central in the international community it would be critical for the next generation (which I thought of as people like me back then) to have a deep understanding of Asia and to be able to engage with Asians with at least the same level of sophistication that Asians have when engaging with us.

I also spent part of my career in Japan and Korea and that experience not only gave me understanding of what the United States needs to do to respond to a new world, but it also allowed me to see our country with greater clarity from the outside.

As president of the Asia Institute in Washington, D.C., a think tank that conducts research and holds discussions on diplomacy, security and economic issues, I work to help Americans understand Asia accurately. I do so with a minimum budget, working with those committed to the truth, not to security big budgets.

I could........

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