OKADA Masashi

Position:Affiliated Lecturer

MAIL: p_okada [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Environmental Coexistence

Area

History of Southeast Asian Massif

Research Interests

・Fomation and Reconstruction of Identity through Migration of Tai People
・Transformation of Local Societies in the Northern Indochina Mountains in the early modern era through resource management and trade of forest products



Fomation and Reconstruction of Identity through Migration of Tai People
By setting a pivoting foot to the both sides of document and field survey, this research aims to reconstruct the history of a transmigration of the Tai people dispersed globally, and also aims at clarifying their movement of networking, and the transformation of their identity accompanying the networking. In this fiscal year, I clarified the real aspects of their identity reconstruction on the cyberspace in process by observation on cyberspaces like SNS and interview survey at Tai refugee community in Iowa.

Transformation of Local Societies in the Northern Indochina Mountains in the early modern era through resource management and trade of forest products
This research aims to reappraise the dynamic transformation in the Early Modern Southeast Asian mountain world through production and trade management of forest products, taking notice of the linkage between local resource and global market. Although it is known that the Northern Indochina mountainshaving supplied the forest product, such as benzoin, aloeswood, and cinnamon which the natural environment produces historically to global market, few studies focused on the reaction of local societies toward global market. Then, we are elucidating linkage between transformation of the societies in the mountains during the period and global market through their involvements in forest products production and trade by analysis of the official documents of Vietnamese dynasties and field data. .

    Main Research Articles

  • OKADA Masashi.2009.” Kān sưksā `adīt khǭng chātiphan thammai khāpčhao thưng sončhai prawatsāt khǭng ‘chonklum thai dam’,” in Piyada Chonlawon (ed.), Rūam botkhwām læ bannānukrom wā dūai ʿĒchīa Tawanʿǭk chīang tai sưksā : chalō̜ng khroprō̜p 10 pī khrōngkān ʿĒchīa Tawanʿǭk chīang tai sưksā Mahāwitthayālai Thammasāt, Bangkok: Southeast Asian Studies Program, Thammasat University, pp. 93-104.(タイ語)