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TANKEN Video: Welcome to Area Studies

The CSEAS ‘TANKEN Video: Welcome to Area Studies’ is an initiative to present research through short videos. These introduce and showcase members who are engaged in cutting-edge research in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. The program also includes information on literature related research projects so that those who are interested can follow up on their interests. In 2023, we launched the “TANKEN Video 5min.” series. These short videos focus on keywords or explore new research topics while highlighting various viewpoints and issues.

Latest Videos

5-minute TANKEN Video

Packaged Food, Packaged Life

Heriberto Ruiz Tafoya talks about his recent publication Packaged Food, Packaged Life: Corporate Food in Metro Manila Slums (Kyoto CSEAS Series on Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila University Press and Kyoto University Press, 2023).

THE CAST: Ruiz Tafoya, Heriberto

5-minute TANKEN Video

Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS)

This interview video gives an overview of the digital documentation work of the Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) in multiple countries, including the Maldives, Indonesia, and Thailand. The main part of the video highlights some of the most interesting sites and objects recorded by the MAHS to date.

THE CAST: R. Michael Feener

5-minute TANKEN Video

Fukuoka Prize 2023 Award Commemorative Interview: Message to young people from a historian

To commemorate the awarding of the Fukuoka Prize 2023, we interviewed Thongchai Winichakul in Kyoto on September 20, 2023.

THE CAST: Thongchai Winichakul

【Uploaded: July 20, 2023】

5-minute TANKEN Video

Landscapes and Livelihoods in Rural Southeast Asia

Tania Li’s research focuses on rural Southeast Asia. Here she explains how rural landscapes and livelihoods are changing. She notes that many familiar products we consume come from Southeast Asia (e.g. palm oil, coffee, cacao, timber), connecting us in important ways.


Videos (2022)

【Uploaded: April 12, 2023】

Lessons from Anthropology: Researching Japan’s care home dilemma in Fukuoka

At present, Japan and many other industrialized countries are rapidly aging. In 2007, it became a “super-aging society,” and by 2055 approximately 41% of the population will be 65 years or older. As a result of this it is estimated that…


【Uploaded: February 21, 2023】

Regional Information and Propaganda: From the Perspective of East Asian Media History

As we consume a vast amount of information in this 21st century, we must improve our media literacy skills in analyzing various information sources (and targets). Political propaganda with a specific agenda is spread across the world, but we can consider it from a local point of view.

THE CAST: KISHI, Toshihiko

Feeling History and the Future Through War Sites

War continues to be a very real and contemporary concern. We can contemplate the past and future of our communities through visiting various war sites and commemorative ruins.

THE CAST: KISHI, Toshihiko

【Uploaded: November 21, 2022】

In Their Own Words: The Recent History of a Mindanawan Port Town Through the Experience of Female Ex-smugglers

Assistant Professor Kisho Tsuchiya collects oral histories from female ex-smugglers in Northern Mindanao and reconsiders local and global history through their experience.


Videos (2021)

Where do organisms come from, and where do they go?: The worldwide spread of infectious disease, accelerated by globalization

There are more than 8.7 million species of living organisms on earth, of which at least 1,400 are considered to be microorganisms (pathogens) that cause some kind of infec…..


Understanding the Region Today Using History: Asian Economic History that Captures Local Energy

During the past two hundred years, the Asian economy has developed vigorously, riding on the surge of globalization. This dynamic development has attracted the interest of academics who seek to unveil the local forces that drive the…


Research inspired by a Single Scarf:
The ‘veil controversy’ as seen from Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is one of several former Soviet Union countries in Central Asia that gained independence in 1991. Uzbek culture has its foundations in Islam, but the country experienced rigorous secularization under the socialist system during the 20th century. ….


What is needed for a town to be lived in sustainably: Exploring different ways of living in New Town

When I returned to my parents’ home in the countryside after a long absence, I found that nothing had changed. The buildings, the streets, and the parks were the same as before I moved away to the city and started living alone. …