Masuda Hajimu (family name Masuda, 益田 肇) is a historian of 20th century Asia and U.S. foreign relations. He focuses on the histories of ordinary people and their violence, as well as the recurrent rise of grassroots social conservatism in the globalized modern world.

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Who is Asian? What is Asia? What defines who is Asian and what is Asia? What is community? What makes community possible? The idea of Asian Community can be a double-edged-sword, as it, at least on the surface, promises a more peaceful and prosperous Asia, while at the same time contributing to the perpetuation of die-hard colonialism and obstinate identity politics.