Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.
Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change
the way you think about our world.Binding these essays together is Hong’s theory of “minor feelings.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would
later understand that these “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality—when you believe the lies you’re told about your own racial identity. Minor feelings are not small, they’re dissonant—and
in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. This intimate
and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and female friendship. A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche—and of a writer’s
search to both uncover and speak the truth.
"The journey to being an anti-racist is not simple. Regardless of your race, gender, ethnicity, age and/or religion, travelling this road is a complex process."
“People, things, and events can seem to come to life in the archive.” This sentiment feels acutely true of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, a graphic memoir that attempts to make sense of her father’s life, death, and queerness.
"The Asian American & Pacific Islander experience is paradoxical. It is one of simultaneous action and inaction where survival and silencing pervade existence."
The Women's Caucus takes us on a discussion about imposter syndrome, your voice in the workplace, and more.
Black Caucus chair Kristy Goodwin reflects on a fruitful discussion about purpose.
AACRAO Book Club to discuss new book by essayist and poet Cathy Park Hong.
Dr. Soraira Urquiza and Joyce Philip recap our recent Book Club discussion and their thoughts going forward.
Author to speak at the AACRAO (106th) Annual Meeting.