The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals

Etsuko Miyata de Rodriguez ロドリゲス 宮田 絵津子

ロドリゲス 宮田 絵津子

Etsuko Miyata de Rodriguez
ロドリゲス 宮田 絵津子









(phD student in Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

I am currently a PhD student working on Chinese trade ceramics through Manila Galleon Trade focusing on 16th and 17th century. By studying both archaeological materials excavated in Mexico and the written documents of inventories and owners of the cargos, I am trying to combine the two historical sources to clarify how the trade was organized on both sides of the ends and how the merchants’ structure was formed. The tendency of the ceramics excavated in Mexico would tell us the material culture and the demand in the market in New Spain at the time and Chinese and other Asian merchants were able to supply the demand of the Mexican, Spanish and Portuguese merchants. The written documents further strengthen the historical facts in detail how the goods were shipped and what sorts of goods were exported and who participated in the trade.

The Manila Galleon Trade is not a mere exchange or flow of goods between two distant regions but involved so many people and organizations of both societies and was connected in so many ways. Moreover, the silver which was brought with huge quantities did affect the Asian society and economy. Further more, the intervention of religious orders in this trade through existing collection and documents are also an important part of this study. The evangelization of the Philippine Islands was needless to say, the important part of the Spanish colonial policy but many of the orders did participate in the commerce in order to maintain their religious activities and lives of clergies in the islands. How were they participating in the trade and did some of the orders connect with the orders in Macao such as the Jesuits? These questions are studied to find out some answers in order to reconstruct the part of the history of the Galleon Trade.

My major activities are research, writing articles and participating in the conference related to my subject.

A part from my dissertation, I am also specialized in Southeast Asian ceramics and did participate in some exhibitions in the last few years in Japan. I have also recently done my research on the Hauge collection in the Freer Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Institute which holds more than 800 pieces of Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian ceramics collected in the 1970s. My interest goes not into art history but comprehension of the society, culture and history through ceramics using archaeological, historical methods.