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ILCAA Joint Research Project

New perspectives of text studies in Yunnan, China



  • Yunnan
  • text
  • writing culture
  • Tay cultural area


  • Yunnan
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Tibet



About the Project

Project term: April, 2015–March, 2018

The Yunnan area, the southwestern province of China and its adjacent area, is characterized as multi-ethnic and multicultural. Many local texts from this area are still written in the characters of Thai-Tai, Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, Arabic, Latin, and some other language having unique characters such as Tompa or Yi. Researchers have mainly focused their attention on finding local texts, annotating them, and analyzing their contents. The present project will not only continue to accumulate primary data such as texts but also develop a comprehensive study of texts on the basis of new perspectives, as follows: (1) Text as tools: literacy, education, relationship with oral literature etc., (2) Text as records: bibliography, analysis of contents, focus on specificity etc., and (3) Human activities around texts: creation, classification, copy, preservation, tradition, rejection etc.

Atsushi YAMADA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, Japan Health Care College)



  • Atsushi YAMADA (Japan Health Care College)


  • Hideo SAWADA
  • Izumi HOSHI
  • Tatsuo NAKAMI

Joint Researchers

  • Aika TOMITA
  • Akiko IIJIMA
  • Akimasa KAWANO
  • Akira YOSHINO
  • Chiyoko NAGATANI
  • Kazutaka NISHIKAWA
  • Kenji TATEISHI
  • Masashi NARA
  • Mio HORIE
  • Naomichi KUROSAWA
  • Noriyuki YAMADA
  • Satoru ITO
  • Tadahiko SHINTANI
  • Takashi NOMOTO
  • Toru SHIMIZU
  • Tsutomu INAMURA



The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(125KB)

  • Date/Time: 4 December 2016 (Sun.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Kenji TATEISHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokai University)
    “A Study of Texts of the Bai people in Dali, Yunnan Province of China: Its Current Status and Issues”
    Gaku KAJIMARU (Kyoto City University of Arts)
    “To write lyrics and to sing lyrics: a case study of Mountain Song in Guizhou”
    All members

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(133KB)

  • Date/Time: 19 June 2016 (Sun.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Kazutaka NISHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokushikan University)
    “The Opium in Yunnan from the Late Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China”
    Yoshiyuki AIHARA (Toyo Bunko, NIHU)
    “A brief introduction to forestry-related document research in southeastern Guizhou Qingshuijiang valley”
    Masashi NARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkaido University)
    “Islamic education and texts in Hui people”
    All members

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(135KB)

  • Date/Time: 6 December 2015 (Sun.) 13:30-18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Naomichi KUROSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokugakuin University)
    “An overview of Naxi Language Texts”
    Noriyuki YAMADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka Seikei College)
    “Summary of the Historical sources on Naxi Tribe: A case of Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchurian sources”
    All members

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(123KB)

  • Date/Time: 18 July 2015 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Akimasa KAWANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meiji University)
    “Epitaph materials of Yangon Yunnan grave Garden”
    Takashi NOMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Teikyo University Junior College)
    “Generation and syncretism, heterogeneity of the text in Yunnan regional history”
    All members

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(114KB)

  • Date/Time: 23 May 2015 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Introduction
    Atsushi YAMADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Japan Health Care College)
    “Texts and literacy in the Wa speaking people”
    Tadahiko SHINTANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studie)
    “Particulars of our researches in Tay cultural area”

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