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.
|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|