Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
A native of China, Professor Yang graduated from Nanjing University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He specialized in the history of modern Japan. His research interests include the Japanese empire, technological developments in modern Japan, and the legacies of World War II in East Asia.
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 fall 2006, Dr. Yang served as the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.
Professor Yang is a founding co-director of the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia Pacific program based in the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and is currently working on a new project on postwar China-Japan reconciliation. He is the author of Technology of Empire: Telecommunications and Japanese Expansion in Asia, 1883-1945. He co-edited the following books: Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II: Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific; Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations, which was also published simultaneously in China and Japan; Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia; and Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications.
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.
Modern Japanese history, Sino-Japanese relations, colonialism, memory, reconciliation
HIST 3001 Special Topics
- World War II in Asia and the Pacific
HIST 3621 History of Modern Japan
HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar
- Japan and Its World
- The Japanese Empire and Its Legacies
- History, Memory, and Violence in Modern Asia
HIST 6030 Issues of History in International Affairs
HIST 6621 Seminar: Modern Japanese History
Ph.D., Harvard University