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


Nayoung Aimee Kwon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Program in Cinematic Arts. She is the Founding Director of Duke's Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program and Andrew Mellon Games & Culture Humanities Lab. She also co-directs Duke Engage Koreas, a global service learning program working with refugees and migrants. Her research areas include comparative colonialism, literary criticism and translation studies; film and media studies; postcolonial history and theory; gender and sexuality studies, focusing on global Asia, inter-Asian and transpacific (Asia/Americas) historic and cultural encounters. Her current research examines the contested politics of cultural memories, especially colonial and cold war conflicts and their legacies in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific.  Select publications include Intimate Empire (Duke University Press 2015, Korean translation from Somyŏng Press, 2020), Theorizing Colonial Cinema (Indiana University Press 2021), Antinomies of the Colonial Archive (co-edited with Takashi Fujitani) and articles in journals Modern Fiction StudiesJournal of Asian Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Social Text, Sanghŏ Hakpo, Cross-Currents, etc. With collaborators at TNO/University of Netherlands and Duke, she is a developer of hybrid platform infinite strategy games (ISG) about historical conflicts. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Japan Foundation, Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, among others. She is a translator of literature and manhwa/manga from Korean and Japanese into English and was a poetry editor in New York before entering academia.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. Ch'inmilhan Cheguk. Translated by Jin-gyu Kim et al., Somyong Press, 2020.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “The Figure of the Translator.” Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature, Routledge, 2020.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “Transcolonial Mis en Abyme.” Rediscovering Korean Cinema, Michigan University Press, 2019.

Kwon, N. A., translator. Zainichi Literature: Japanese Writings by Ethnic Koreans. University of California Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, 2018.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “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, Nayoung Aimee. ““제국, 민족, 그리고 소수자 작가: 식민지 사소설과 식민지인 재현의 난제” [Empire, Nation, Minor Writer].” 전쟁하는 신민,식민지의 국민문화: 식민지말 조선의 담론과 표상 [Imperial Subjects at War: Imperial Culture in the Colony], Somyong Ch’ulp’an, 2010.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee, and Nayoung Aimee translator. “Foreign Husband.” Into the Light: Anthology of Resident Korean Literature, edited by Melissa Wender, University of Hawaii Press, 2010.

Kwon, N. A. “Japanophone literature? A transpacific query on absence.” Mfs  Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 64, no. 3, Sept. 2018, pp. 537–58. Scopus, doi:10.1353/mfs.2018.0041. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “It's Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial Korea. By Theodore Jun Yoo . Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. 248 pp. ISBN: 9780520289307 (cloth).The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 76, no. 3, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Aug. 2017, pp. 819–21. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0021911817000699. Full Text

Kwon, N. A. “Disavowal and Intimacy.” Sanghŏ Hakpo, vol. Vol 49, no. 1, 2017.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “The Proletarian Wave: Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea 1910–1945 by Sunyoung Park.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 76, no. 1–2, Project Muse, 2016, pp. 266–69. Crossref, doi:10.1353/jas.2016.0017. Full Text

Kwon, N. A. “Conflicting nostalgia: Performing the tale of ch'unhyang (æ̃¥é™å) in the japanese empire.” Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 73, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 113–41. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S002191181300168X. Full Text

Kwon, N., and Nayoung Aimee Kwon. “What/Where is Decolonial Asia?Social Text, July 2013.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. ““Collaboration, Coproduction, Code-Switching.”.” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Dec. 2012.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “PRIMITIVE SELVES: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-1945, vol 5.” Pacific Affairs, vol. 85, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 211–14.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee. “From Wonso Pond.” Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 70, no. 4, Nov. 2011, pp. 1174–75. Manual, doi:10.1017/S0021911811002051. Full Text

Kwon, N. A. “Colonial modernity and the conundrum of representation: Korean literature in the Japanese empire.” Postcolonial Studies, vol. 13, no. 4, Dec. 2010, pp. 421–39. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13688790.2010.524883. Full Text


Kwon, N. A. Images of Korea in Japanese literature. 1 Jan. 2013, pp. 64–87.

Kwon, N., and Nayoung Aimee Kwon. “Transcolonial Film Co-productions in the Japanese Empire: Antinomies in the Colonial Archive.” Cross Currents, 2012.

Kwon, Nayoung Aimee, and Nayoung Aimee translator. Foreign Husband. Edited by Melissa Wender, University of Hawaii Press, 2010.