This lecture will introduce the Morrison collection in the Tōyō Bunko, using examples from its research projects, exhibitions, and digitization program to further understanding of G. E. Morrison and his family’s history.
Professor Takeshi HAMASHITA is a distinguished economic historian of Asia. Since 2011, he has been the head of the Research Department at the Tōyō Bunko (Oriental Library) in Tokyo.
Professor Hamashita majored in Oriental History and graduated from the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, in 1972. In 1974, he obtained his MA in Humanities at the Department of Oriental History, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology of the University of Tokyo. He completed his doctorate at the same institute in 1978.
Professor Hamashita worked in the Department of Economics at Hitotsubashi University as lecturer and associate professor from 1979 to 1981. From 1982 to 1999, he taught in the Institute of Oriental Culture, Tokyo University, as associate professor, professor, director, and the head of the Documentation Center for Asian Studies. He was recruited to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University in 2000 and became the first professor to teach concurrently in the two best universities in Japan. In 2006, he moved to the Faculty of International Communication, Ryukoku University. From 2007 to 2016, he worked at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou as a professor of History and Dean of the School of Asia-Pacific Studies. During his career, he has taught in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, China, and the U.S., as well as Japan.
Researching and lecturing in Japanese, Chinese, and English, Professor Hamashita has worked on banking history in China, remittance practices among Chinese and Indian overseas communities, the tea trade, and treaty port networks. In addition, he engages with wider regional histories of Asia, including how traditional modes of East Asian international interaction have affected modern Asia. In recent years, he has concentrated on the study of maritime networks in Asia and has been heavily involved in research on Ryūkyū as well as its major historical source — the Rekidai Hōan.