Cancelled - Cathy Park Hong with Vince Schleitwiler
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In Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World), poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong takes on Asian Americans’ purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. Cathy Park Hong confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America.
“Minor Feelings is an essayistic investigation of those feelings so hard to name, a mix of the elusive, denied, unexpected, and unexplored--a fierce catalogue of that which has not been named and yet won't be ignored; an electric intervention, a provocation, and a renewal." --Alexander Chee.
"A fierce and timely meditation on race and gender issues from [Hong's] perspective as a Korean American woman . . . Candid and unapologetically political, Hong's text deftly explores the explosive emotions surrounding race in ways sure to impact the discourse surrounding Asian identity as well as race and belonging in America." --Kirkus Reviews.
Cathy Park Hong is the author of three poetry collections including Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Engine Empire. She appears in conversation with Vince Schleitwiler, a fourth generation Japanese American with roots in Chicago. A public scholar and acting assistant professor at University of Washington, he is the author of Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism's Racial Justice and Its Fugitives (NYU Press).