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Mr Toshiki Asakura-Ward

Toshiki Asakura-Ward
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Postgraduate Student
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

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. I will also seek to investigate the shifting role of the cemetery from a resting place to a 'pilgrimage' site in the present day Yokohama.

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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. I will also seek to investigate the shifting role of the cemetery from a resting place to a 'pilgrimage' site in the present day Yokohama.

Tentative thesis title
A Biography of the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery: Memorialisation of 'Foreigners' since the Meiji Era

My PhD research investigates the sociological significance of the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery in Japan through the case studies of foreign residents who lie resting since the Meiji period (1868-1912).

My focus includes below:

  • The development of the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery from its formative years in the 1850s to the present day.
  • The legacy of an Australia-born storyteller and performer Henry Black (Kairakutei Black) and an American travel writer Eliza Scidmore.
  • The history of Christian missionaries in Japan such as Mary Kidder and their impact to the female education.
  • The efforts of interest groups such as municipal government and civil groups to preserve the legacy of Meiji era memory through funding and tourism.
  • "Pilgrimage" of historic sites and sacred spaces in the present day Japan.
  • How the cemetery connects the 'living' and the 'dead' in present day Japan.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
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

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Japanese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
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

Research Interests

Conference Items

Theses

Year Citation
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).

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
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
Position
Postgraduate Student
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Kenneth Wills Building, floor 6
Room Number
6 56
Org Unit
Asian Studies

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