My anthropological research focuses on interethnic relationships mainly in Southeast Asia and its surrounding area. Interethnic relationships were and still are influenced by texts and contexts of ethno-knowledge, which are constructed through ethnic identification and discourses. Thus this theme, among many, is an important one for studying ethnic conflicts as a means to facilitate dialogue for peacemaking.
I have continued to conduct anthropological field research in Myanmar (Burma) and many other countries since 1983. Every anthropologist must construct a rapport with local native people through their competence in intercultural communication. My research accomplishments could not have been done without the support of the many people I made contact with in Myanmar. For the purpose of repaying the kindness of Myanmar people, I’m also a visiting professor at the University of Yangon. I strongly hope IGS students will experience rich intercultural communication first hand.