Mr Toshiki Asakura-Ward
Born in Brisbane and raised in Tokyo, Japan, I am a PhD student in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide. In 2018 I was awarded Master of Research degree from Western Sydney University for my thesis A Bridge to the Near North: The 1980s resurrection of Henry Black (1858-1923). It discussed the contributions of and a revived interest in Henry Black, an Australia-born storyteller in Japan, during the 1980s - six decades after his death.
Following my master's research, I began my doctoral study at the University of Adelaide to expand my scope to other foreign residents who contributed to cultural exchange with the West such as an American travel writer Eliza Scidmore (1856–1928) and Christian missionaries interred at the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery. Through my current doctoral research, I aim to add to the existing understanding about these individuals as bridges between Japan and the West since the late nineteenth century.
My PhD research investigates the roles and significance of foreign residents in Yokohama, Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912).
My focus includes below:
- The legacy of an Australia-born storyteller and performer Henry Black (Kairakutei Black) and an American travel writer Eliza Scidmore who are interred at the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery.
- The history of Christian missionaries in Japan and their impact to the present day Yokohama.
- The comparison of missionary work of The Reformed Church in America (RCA) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Yokohama during Meiji period.
- The efforts of government and civil groups to preserve the legacy of Meiji era foreign residents in Yokohama.
|2017 - 2017||Research Assistant||University of New South Wales, Sydney|
|2017 - 2017||Casual Lecturer and Tutor||Western Sydney University|
|2016 - 2017||Research Assistant||Western Sydney University|
|2018||Scholarship||Faculty of Arts Divisional Scholarship||The University of Adelaide||Australia||—|
|2017||Award||Research Student Conference Travel Grant||Western Sydney University||Australia||—|
|2016||Scholarship||Master of Research Scholarship||Western Sydney University||Australia||—|
|2007||Scholarship||History Department Academic Scholarship||Brigham Young University-Idaho||United States||—|
|2006||Scholarship||Heber J. Grant Scholarship||Brigham Young University-Idaho||United States||—|
|2006||Recognition||Honor Student||Brigham Young University-Idaho||United States||—|
|Japanese||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|2016 - 2017||Western Sydney University||Australia||Master of Research|
|2006 - 2007||Brigham Young University Idaho, Rexburg||United States||Bachelor of Arts|
|2000 - 2002||Temple University Japan||Japan||College Coursework|
|2017||Asakura-Ward, T. (2017). A Bridge to the Near North: The 1980s resurrection of Henry Black (1858-1923). (Master's Thesis, Western Sydney University).|
|2018 - ongoing||Member||Global Mormon Studies||New Zealand|
|2017 - ongoing||Member||Japanese Studies Association of Australia||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Member||Asian Studies Association of Australia||Australia|
|2017 - ongoing||Member||Oriental Society of Australia||Australia|
|2006 - ongoing||Member||Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society||United States|