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SCRIPPS PRESENTS: CATHY PARK HONG in conversation

Minor Feelings: Cathy Park Hong in Conversation 

Thursday, September 23, 6 pm, Zoom 

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Cathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet and essayist whose searching work ruthlessly reckons with the American racial consciousness. Weaving together personal stories, historical context, and cultural criticism, Minor Feelings, was a 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Hong joins us for a honest conversation on race and Asian American identity, reflecting on the ways politics and culture are influenced by art—and vice versa. 

This program is presented in partnership with Scripps College CORE.  

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World)

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. 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.
 

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021