Minor Feelings

Written by Cathy Park Hong
Minor Feelings

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

As the daughter of Korean immigrants, 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, and in their tension Hong finds the key to the questions that haunt her. With sly humor and a poet’s searching mind, she uses her own story as a portal into a deeper examination of racial consciousness in America today.

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Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is the author of the creative nonfiction book Minor Feelings: An Asian-American Reckoning, and three poetry collections including Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Engine Empire. Hong is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, and elsewhere.