Kan'ichi Asakawa (朝河 貫一 Asakawa Kan'ichi , December 20, 1873 – August 10, 1948) was a Japanese academic, author, historian, librarian, curator and peace advocate.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
He lectured at Dartmouth in 1902. In 1906-1907, he was a professor at Waseda.
Asakawa was an instructor at Yale from 1907 through 1910 when became an assistant professor. He became the first Japanese professor at a major American university. He taught history at Yale for 35 years. Among those he influenced was John Whitney Hall.
Asakawa helped found Japan studies and Asian studies in the United States.
Politics[change | change source]
Selected works[change | change source]
- The Early Institutional Life of Japan. (1903) 
- The Russo-Japanese Conflict: Its Causes and Issues (1905)
- The Origin of Feudal Land-Tenure in Japan (1914)
- The life of a monastic shō in medieval Japan (1919)
- The documents of Iriki, illustrative of the development of the feudal institutions of Japan (1922)
His works also included contributions to the publications Japan edited by Frank Brinkley (1904); the History of Nations Series (1907); China and the Far East (1910); Japan and Japanese-American Relations (1912); and The Pacific Ocean in History (1917).
Legacy[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Kan'ichi Asakawa papers", Yale University Library
- Dartmouth College Catalogue, 1898-1899, p. 57.
- Yamato Ichihashi et al. (1999). Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Internment Writings, 1942-1945, p. 69.
- Mass, Jeffrey P. (1995). Antiquity and Anachronism in Japanese History, p. 15.
- Cohen, Warren I. (1996). Pacific Passage: the Study of American-East Asian Relations on the Eve of the Twenty-first Century, p. 42.
- WorldCat Identities: Asakawa, Kanʼichi 1873-1948
- See The Early Institutional Life of Japan; full-text book at openlibrary.org.
- DiscoverNikkei: "Asakawa bio"; retrieved 2012-11-25.
Further reading[change | change source]
- Kiang, Lindsey. (1964). A Withdrawal to Greatness: The Life of Kanichi Asakawa. Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College, Senior thesis. OCLC 14190248
- Tohru Takeda. (2007). "Kan'ichi Asakawa - Who Worked For World Peace." Sakyo Takaishi, JPS Inc. ISBN 978-4-88469-518-7
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Asakawa Centennial at Yale
- "Utsukushima Fukushima Story - The dreamer : Kan'ichi Asakawa"
- "The Treaty of Portsmouth by Kan'ichi Asakawa"
- "Asakawa Web-Museum by Asakawa Peace Association"
- Kanichi Asakawa gravesite