East Asia-Japan, 2015

Research Interests

Social and cultural history of postwar Japan; transnational history of East Asia; repatriation and migration; war memory; testimonial practices; civilian movements; interpretation and re-interpretation of war legacy; state and civil society; human rights; nationalism and nation building


Beyond Postwar, Beyond “History”: War Responsibility, Nation Building, and Ideas of Human Rights in Japan and Asia


Keyao “Kyle” Pan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, where he conducts research on the relationship between human rights discourse and activism around the so-called “history problems” in Japan and Asia in general, such as those about comfort women and other wartime or colonial atrocities. Kyle grew up in Guangzhou, China and graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in Economics and East Asian Languages & Civilizations. His dissertation explores how jinken (“human rights”) became a paradigm able to frame historical disputes in Asia concerning wartime and colonial atrocities by imperial Japan.


—"Networking for War Criminal Amnesty: The Establishment of Japan's War Convicted Benefit Society." The Asia-Pacific Journal 18, no. 7 (April 1, 2020).


Japan Foundation Fellow in 2018