Daqing Yang

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Daqing Yang

Associate Professor

Modern Japan


Email: Daqing Yang
Office Phone: (202) 994-8262
801 22nd St NW Washington DC 20052

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. He has also taught at University of Tokyo, Waseda University (Japan) and Yonsei University (Korea). The founding co-director of the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia Pacific program based at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Yang is the author of Technology of Empire: Telecommunications and Japanese Expansion, 1883-1945. He is currently working on reconciliation in East Asia as well as energy resources in the Japanese empire.

  • Asia
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Military History

IAFF 2091: East Asia: Past and Present

HIST 3601: World War II in Asia and the Pacific

HIST 3621: History of Modern Japan

HIST 6621: Modern Japanese History

HIST 6625: Japan's Empire and Its Legacies

Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II: Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific, co-edited with Mike Mochizuki, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.

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.

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

English translation of Historical Understandings that Transcend National Boundaries. Tokyo: Tokyo University Press, 2006; Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2006.

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.


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996