Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning

Author(s): Cathy Park Hong
Asian Americans are neither white enough nor black enough to be mentioned 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. As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. These "minor feelings" occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality--when you believe the lies you're told about your own racial identity. Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today. Her book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and artmaking, and to family and female friendship, and forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche--and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Call Number: B Hon
See Also: Memoirs
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