Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Research Field, Activities and Interests
I was trained as a student of the Classical Chinese literature in Kyoto University. Three years after the Cultural Revolution ended, I had a chance to stay in Nanjing University as a visiting student (1979-1981), started linguistic field research of Huizhou dialects in mountainous areas of Anhui, and inevitably watched the process of gradual and critical decline of beautiful mountainous villages as a result of Reform and Opening-up Policy. In the early 1990s, I found out an unnoticed correlation between the diachronic changes of Chinese Civil Examination and the linguistic diversity of dialects, and launched to write a series of articles which were compiled into a book titled Wénhuà zhìdù hé Hànyŭ shĭ (Cultural Institution and the History of Chinese Language) after a quarter of century struggle. Recently my interests have focused on intellectual history of 19-20th century China, especially scholars such as Zhang Binglin (1868-1936), Hu Shih (1891-1962) and the Post-Cultural Revolution intellectuals of the 1980s and 1990s.
M.A. in Chinese Language & Literature, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University