• University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


I joined the University of Huddersfield as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow, at the School of Music, Humanities and Media in 2019. Previously, I taught as Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London (2018-19), and Tutor in Music at the University of Oxford (2017-18).

I studied as a postgraduate and undergraduate student at Royal Holloway, University of London (BA; MA; PhD, awarded 2017), and have a Diploma in Tango Orchestra Performance from the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was awarded a Diploma in Tango violin performance (2007) from Fernando Suárez Paz, the former violinist of Astor Piazzolla's Quinteto Tango Nuevo.

Research Expertise and Interests

My current European Commission funded research project focuses on music, migration and global history, paying particular attention to Japanese Tango musicians in China, 1920-1945. Previous to this, my research looked at the cultural history of Tango’s internalisation in Japan from 1913 to the present day. The etnographic and historical findings of this research have shaped my forthcoming monograph, Tango in Japan: Orchestrating and Performing a Distant Music (tentative title), University of Hawaii Press. My research on affect, aesthetic and morality in Japanese tango music performace was publihsed in the Ethnomusicology Forum (2019). My essay on tango in Japan is forthcoming in an edited volume (Yusuke Wajima ed. 2020, Introduction to the Cultural History of Popular Music: Re-Examining Postwar  Japan [入門ポピュラー音楽の文化史―〈戦後日本〉を読み直す], Minerva Shobo Japan). My chapter on the development of tango as a global social dance genre during the 20th century, titled 'Tango: Dancing to a Global Music Culture' is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music (Simone Krüger Bridge ed., Oxford University Press 2021). Drawing on my background as a Tango violinist and vocalist, as well as my aunt Rica Asaba being a Tango musician, I am developing a theoretical space to write about music history from autoethnographic perspectives; the theme about which I am currently preparing for publication. 

As a tango violinist, I have performed as a member of the National Orchestra of Argentine Music ‘Juán de Dios Filiberto' in Argentina, and the Tango Orchestra Astrorico in Japan. I have made recordings with artists such as Mercedes Sosa for the Latin Grammy Award winning albums 'Cantora 1' 'Cantora 2' (2009), in Ramiro Gallo Orquesta Arquetípica (Epsa 2011), and with the National Orchestra of Argentine Music in the albums 'Tango' and 'Floklore' (Típica Records Argentina, 2008). My album, recorded in Argentina, and titled 'Historia del Tango...y Yo' (Olive Project Japan 2012), was selected the critic's choice 'New Disc Collection' in the Record Geijutsu Magazine, Japan (April 2012). 

External positions

Osaka University

1 Dec 201931 Aug 2021

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Argentine Tango
  • Tango in Japan and China
  • Cultural History
  • Migration
  • Dancehall/Cabaret Culture
  • Politics of Internationalisation
  • Global History
  • Modernity
  • Cosmopolitanism

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Research Output

  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review
  • 1 Conference article

Tango: Dancing to a Global Music Culture

Asaba, Y., 17 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music. Krüger Bridge, S. (ed.). Oxford University Press, (Oxford Handbook Online: Music).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Arrival of Tango in Japan: Allure, Fear, and Morality in Early 20th Century Japan

Asaba, Y., 1 Jan 2019, In : The Japan Society Proceedings. 155, p. 106-123 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
  • Naimenka sareta modānitī: Nihon ni okeru tango ongaku bunka

    Translated title of the contribution: Internalised Modernity: The Tango Music Culture of JapanAsaba, Y., 7 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Popyurā ongaku no bunkashi: Sengo nihon o yominaosu . Wajima, Y. (ed.). Minerva Shobo

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music. By Kacey Link and Kristin Wendland.

    Asaba, Y., 26 Dec 2017, In : Music and Letters. 98, 3, p. 498-500 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review


    • 8 Oral presentation
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Modern Japanese Popular Music and the 'Continents': The Dream and Actuality

    Yuiko Asaba (Organiser) & Yusuke Wajima (Organiser)

    28 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Tango Music in Japan and the Performing Bodies in the Long Twentieth Century

    Yuiko Asaba (Speaker)

    9 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Sexy Dance?: Tango in Japan, Performing Bodies, and their Liberation from Eroticism

    Yuiko Asaba (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    El Tango en Japón, Globalización, y Organizaciones de Conciertos entre 1950 y 1980

    Yuiko Asaba (Speaker)

    26 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation