Asakawa Kan'ichi was a pioneer in teaching and writing Japanese history in English. He taught at Yale University beginning in 1906, and played a key role in the beginnings of Yale's Japanese library collections.
His works include:
- The Early Institutional Life of Japan: A Study in the Reform of 645 A.D. (1903)
- The Russo-Japanese Conflict (1904)
- The Documents of Iriki (1929)
- Carol Gluck, “House of Mirrors–American History Writing on Japan.” In Imagined Histories: American Historians Interpret the Past, Princeton University Press (1998).