Daqing Yang

Daqing Yang

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Phillips Hall #327
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-8262


Daqing Yang has research interests in the following three areas: the technological construction of the Japanese empire in Asia; the history and memory of World War II; and Japan's relationship with Asia in the postwar period. In 2004, Dr. Yang was appointed a Historical Consultant to The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group at the U.S. National Archives. In the Fall of 2006, he served as the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. The founding co-director of the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia Pacific program based at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Prof. Yang is the author of Technology of Empire: Telecommunications and Japanese Expansion, 1883-1945. He is currently working on a handbook on reconciliation in East Asia.


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996.


Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations, co-edited with Jie Liu, Hiroshi Mitani and Andrew Gordon. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012. English translation of Historical Understandings that Transcend National Boundaries. Tokyo: Tokyo University Press, 2006; Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2006.

Technology of Empire: Telecommunications and Japanese Expansion, 1883-1945. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia, co-edited with Gi-Wook Shin and Soon-Won Park. New York: Routledge, 2006.

"Convergence or Divergence? Recent Historical Writings on the Rape of Nanjing." The American Historical Review 104, no. 3 (June 1999): 842-865.

Classes Taught

IAFF 2091: East Asia:  Past and Present
Hist 3621: History of Modern Japan
Hist 6621: Modern Japanese History