The Internet society is fundamentally changing the world. Young people, especially, obtain the information they wish to know by first surfing the Internet. Furthermore, people are relying more on video than text as sources of information. In such times, we have begun to realize that there is something lacking in simply continuing to publish papers in English and Japanese, as we have done until now. We therefore decided to share video content online.
The scholars in the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) are leading researchers active around the world, with a focus on Southeast Asia. Their efforts are introduced here with short videos. Japanese is the main language used, but English and local languages are shown in subtitles. If you find a video interesting, please read related literature introduced by research members. Or, try contacting the researchers. In doing so, your curiosity will be even more aroused, and you may even try to do your own research. It does not matter how old you are when you study. We hope these short videos will serve as springboards for you to take a step into area studies on a global scale with an emphasis on Southeast Asia.
Illustration by TAKADA Koharu（Kyoto Prefectural OHKI Senior High School）
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Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) has been conducting field surveys of a village in northeastern Thailand for over a half a century now. During this time, new generations of villagers and CSEAS scholars have become involved. Their generations-spanning participation in CSEAS’ fieldwork brings new insights into view.
For ethnographic field research, we arrive at our research sites with our “big question” and live together with the people as much as possible. Through this experience, we bring ourselves to reconsider what we take for granted, rethink the “question” itself, seek answers, and reframe our questions continuously. Here, I introduce my own long-term research in a Karen village in the hills of Northern Thailand.
This video introduces a project aimed at handing down handwritten field notes. memos written by researchers during fieldwork) to the next generation of researchers, and at the same time, sharing them with a wider audience. For more details, click here.
In Indonesia, fires caused by the development of peatlands are becoming a problem. This video introduces research activities carried out by CSEAS in cooperation with local communities to address this problem.
Rural depopulation and abandonment of agricultural land are issues not only in Japan but also in Asia as a whole. This video introduces CSEAS’ international efforts to mutually share the experiences of Japan and Asia.
"It is very interesting to learn about issues (fires due to human production activities, etc.) from the field. I also think it is important in the end to be on the side that supports local people. "
"I learned how researchers actually conducted fieldwork, and also about the current situation in Indonesia and the issues it faces."
"I found out about the fires in Southeast Asia for the first time. I was surprised."