Nayoung Aimee Kwon

Nayoung Aimee Kwon

Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
2204 Erwin Road Room 209, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 684-4086


Nayoung Aimee Kwon is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. Her research areas include literary criticism and translation studies; film and media studies; intellectual history; postcolonial theory; gender and sexuality, with particular focus on inter-Asian and transpacific (Asian/American) cultural encounters. Her current research examines the contested politics of cultural memories, with particular focus on historical conflicts and their legacies in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific.  Select publications include Intimate Empire, published by Duke University Press (Korean translation from Somyŏng Press) which examines the forgotten lure of the imperial language in the contested colonial history between Korea and Japan, Antinomies of the Colonial Archive (co-edited with Takashi Fujitani) which explores colonial-era cinematic co-productions and contested postcolonial legacies in East Asia, and various articles in journals such as Journal of Asian Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Social Text, Cross-Currents. With collaborators at Duke University and TNO/University of Netherlands, she is developing a hybrid platform infinite strategy game (ISG) about historical conflicts. She is a translator of literature and manhwa/manga from Korean and Japanese into English, and co-director of Duke Engage South Korea, a program working with refugees and migrants.  Her research and teaching interests also include inter-Asian and transpacific transcultural co-productions (literature, film, theater); literary and filmic exchanges; theories of empire, translation, and postcoloniality; globalization and transpacific migrations and cultural flows between Asia and America.  She has taught at UCLA, Arizona State University, and Duke Kunshan University.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

PI awarded by Education and Research in China Grant (2016 to 2017)

PI awarded by Korea Foundation/Academy of Korean Studies (2014 to 2015)

Kwon, NA. "Images of Korea in Japanese Literature." Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Culture, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era. University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

Kwon, NA, and translator, . "Foreign Husband." Into the Light: Anthology of Resident Korean Literature. Ed. M Wender. University of Hawaii Press, 2010.

Kwon, NA. "Japanophone literature? A transpacific query on absence." Mfs Modern Fiction Studies 64.3 (September 1, 2018): 537-558. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy

Kwon, NA. "Disavowal and Intimacy." Sanghŏ Hakpo Vol 49.1 (2017).

Kwon, N, and Kwon, NA. "What/Where is Decolonial Asia?." Social Text (July 2013). (Academic Article)

Kwon, NA. "“Collaboration, Coproduction, Code-Switching.”." Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (December 2012). (Academic Article)

Kwon, NA. "PRIMITIVE SELVES: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945, vol 5." PACIFIC AFFAIRS 85.1 (March 2012): 211-214. (Review)

Kwon, NA. "From Wonso Pond." JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES 70.4 (November 2011): 1174-1175. (Review) Full Text