yhayami cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments・Position

Cross-regional Studies・Professor


Cultural Anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies

Research Interests / Keywords

・Aging and care in Southeast Asia (esp. Thailand)
・Minority ethnic groups and Buddhist saints in the Thai-Myanmar border area
・Christian mission and ethnic minorities in Burma


Aging and care in Southeast Asia (esp. Thailand)

Looking at aging and care in Thailand, with focus especially on re-organization of local society as well as narratives of the elderly.

Minority ethnic groups and Buddhist saints in the Thai-Myanmar border area

Pursuing the relationship between Buddhist saint worship among minority ethnic groups on the Thai-Myanmar border to reconsider the inter-relationship between religious practices, border region, and ethnic minority.

Christian mission and ethnic minorities in Burma

Examining the role of ethnic minority (Karen) evangelists in the Christian missionary work in colonial Burma, and how this affected the process of ethnic formation.

Research funds

Type Theme Period
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Developing community-based programs for frailty in elderly people: an action research on primary care interventions in Thailand and Japan 2019 – 2023
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) Shifts in Narratives of Aging: Dynamics of Social Relations Surrounding Elderly Care in Northern Thailand 2017 – 2019
Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows Suffering, Stigma and the System of Care Regarding Patients of Hansen’s Disease in Vietnam 2017 – 2018
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Toward a New Paradigm of Studies on Religions of Mainland Southeast Asia 2016 – 2019
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) The Social Bases of Care in Southeast Asia: Study of the Dynamism of Practice Based on Relatedness 2013 – 2015
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Comparative Study on Mainland Southeast Asian Religions in Border-crossing 2010 – 2012
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) Life Practices among Mobile Population in the Thai-Burma Borderlands : Social Network and Cultural Reproduction among Minorities 2009 – 2011
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Ecological Resource Use and Household Strategies in Minority Areas of Myanmar : Towards Wider Regional Comparison 2004 – 2006
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Religions and Social Change in Mainland Southeast Asia and Southwestern China : Institutions, Corridors and Practices. 2003 – 2005
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Utilization of Bio-resources and its Transformation in Border Area of Northern and Eastern Myanmar 2001 – 2003
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Inter-Regional Comparative Studies on Frontier Societies 1999 – 2001
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) The Dynamics of Processes of Social Change in Southeast Asia : Inter-Ethnic Relationship, Mobility, and Cultural Reconfiguration. 1999 – 2001
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) A Basic Project to Establish Micro-Anthropology 1998 – 2000