YANAGISAWA, Masayuki | Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University


Research Departments・Position
Environmental Coexistence
Associate Professor
Environmental History in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese Studies, Tropical Agriculture
Research Interests / Keywords
・Environemtal History in Southeast Asia
・Agricultural Development History of the Rural Vietnam
・Making of Field Archives


Environemtal History in Southeast Asia

People in Southeast Asia have had a long history of human-nature interaction. A word of “people”, however, has different types of meanings on human, which includes an individual, a group as an assembly of individuals, and society. In order to understand human-nature interaction, it is important to clarify on what “people” means. In another word, it is necessarily not only to understand how an individual or a group interacts with nature, but also to do how a society supports a basis, on which people interact with nature and how people interact in a society, because people’s interaction with nature might be different if there is socially-supported infrastructure or not, and it might have been different historically. This study, therefore, aims to understand human-nature interaction by focusing on how socially-supported infrastructure has historically constructed and how it affects current interaction.

Agricultural Development History of the Rural Vietnam

In general, Vietnam has had a tightly structured society especially in the rural area. Since the WWII, Vietnam has experienced turbulent history, including rapid socialization, several times of war, intrusion of market economy, and rapid economic growth. During this period, the tightly structured society sometimes supported to protect villager’s life and it was sometimes stagnated the change, in addition, it was also changed in the history. This study aims to clarify the purpose of tightly structured society of the rural Vietnam under the current global world and to understand its implication in the history of Vietnam.

Making of Field Archives

Field-notes, including observation and photoes of landsacpe and livelihood, and various information on a site, will be useful to reconstruct local history enspecially in the remoted area. This study will contribute to developing a new methodology to use field-notes as a new research materials.