Shang (Kaho) Yasuda


Ph.D. Student

Shang Yasuda is a third year PhD student working on the U.S. and Japanese empires in the mid-twentieth century, from the build-up to World War II through the postwar period in what is considered the "decolonizing Pacific." She received her B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in 2018. She is interested in themes of race and racialization, migration, diaspora, decolonization, war, and belonging. Her first year paper examined Taiwanese national identity and memory through oral histories of Taiwanese soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Currently, her project examines the trajectories of colonial Taiwanese servicemen through and across the Japanese and U.S. empires from the 1930s to the 1970s. 


Shang served as co-president of Clio, the history department’s graduate student organization, in the 2020-2021 academic year. This is her second year of being on the board of the Pan-Asian American Graduate Student Association. She is also an Academic & Intellectual Programs Fellow at the Grad Center for the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Advisor: Eiichiro Azuma 


B.A., History (with Honors) and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College, 2018

Research Interests

U.S. Imperialism, empire and decolonization, imperialism and war in Asia, race, diaspora, migration, twentieth century U.S. and modern East Asia, Asian American history


Association of Asian Studies 

Association of Asian American Studies 

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations