Kyle Pan

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.