Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (Free Download), What happens when an immigrant believes the lies they’re told about their own racial identity? For Cathy Park Hong, they experience the shame and difficulty of “minor feelings”.
The daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up in America steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would later understand that these “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality. With sly humour and a poet’s searching mind, Hong uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness. This intimate and devastating book traces her relationship to the English language, to shame and depression, to poetry and artmaking, and to family 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.
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY 2021
A New York Times Top Book of 2020
Chosen as a Guardian Book of 2020
A BBC Culture Best Books of 2020
Nominated for Good Reads Books of 2020
One of Time’s Must-Read Books of 2020
Minor Feelings Review quote
We are so not ready for what Cathy Park Hong does in Minor Feelings. And thankfully, she does not care whether we are ready or not. … Her vision and execution are so breathtaking. And so genius. And so absolutely scary. Read it. Reread it. It will read you. — Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy Studded with moments [full of] candor and dark humor shot through with glittering self-awareness.” * the New York Times * Formidable … [this] book bled a dormant discomfort out of me with surgical precision. — Jia Tolentino * New Yorker * Lands like a sucker punch to the gut … We learned so much from Minor Feelings, not least what a dazzling writer Cathy Park Hong is. * Independent, Best Essay Collections for International Women’s Day * Hong lays bare the shame and confusion she felt in her youth as the daughter of Korean immigrants, and the way those feelings morphed as she grew older .. underscores essential themes of identity and otherness * Time * Minor Feelings is anything but minor. In these provocative and passionate essays, Cathy Park Hong gives us an incendiary account of what it means to be and to feel Asian American today … Minor Feelings is absolutely necessary. — Nguyen Thanh Viet, author of the Sympathizer Hong writes masterfully … [she] names and illuminates issues of race and gender that long went unnamed, creating a blistering new handbook to the state of race in America. — Adrienne Westenfeld * Esquire *.
Cathy Park Hong has written three books of poetry, and has received some of the most prestigious fellowships for her writing: the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her essays have been cited by Claudia Rankine, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Ben Lerner, and have been called ‘groundbreaking’ (Granta) and the ‘cornerstone of contemporary criticism’ (Ploughshares).