Nicole Go

Faculty Fellow

Nicole Go Nicole Go

BA(Hons.), MA (Toronto); PhD (McMaster, in progress)

Nicole Go is a faculty fellow in the Foundation Year Program. She completed an Hon. BA and MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and held a Nippon Foundation Fellowship at Stanford’s Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. She is a current PhD candidate and former sessional lecturer in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her dissertation project, “Subjectivity and the Mother(’s) Tongue: Decolonizing Language in Asian North American Literature,” examines how language and translation are theorized in novels, poetry, and photography by Asian Canadian and Japanese authors. More broadly, her research considers the links between language, nation, and race, as well as the intersections of Asian Studies and Asian American studies.

Research Interests

Asian North American literature, modern Japanese literature, Asian studies, postcolonial studies, critical race studies, diaspora studies, translation


“The “retinal-world” of Roy Kiyooka’s Wheels,” Canadian Literature, no. 244 (2021), 14-34.

“Performing Orientalism and The Model Minority: Creating and Contesting Asian-American Identity.” East Asia Forum, vol. 12 (Fall 2009), 20-31.