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Minor Feelings
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning | Cathy Park Hong
"Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned 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 ... Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong ... confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America"--Publisher marketing.
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AnneCecilie

To grow up Asian in America is to witness the humiliation of authority figures like your parents and to learn not to depend on them: they cannot protect you.

#SheSaid

kspenmoll This was compelling- so much is this chapter to go back & reread.my book has sticky notes everywhere! 8h
AnneCecilie @kspenmoll I have this out from the library, but I know what you mean. There‘s so much I want to quote. 8h
marleed This quote breaks my heart. 6h
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AnneCecilie
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AnneCecilie
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I didn‘t know this about Rankine‘s book.

#SheSaid

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kspenmoll
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#TwoforTuesday

1. Little Women - nostalgic as my 3 sisters & I had the 4 Madame Alexander dolls of the Little Women & we played with them, dramatizing the original stories & imagining new ones. I was Jo with my Doll.
2. Minor feelings Korean cognitive dissonance

LeahBergen Do you still have the dolls?? 🥰🥰 4d
kspenmoll @LeahBergen Sadly just one that my niece has. The others my mother let young girls play with when visiting out house. No w if us thought to ask her or see to it ourselves that they were saved.🥲 4d
LeahBergen Ohh, too bad! ☹️ 4d
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Karisa
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Powerful and beautifully written! This book of essays on the poet/writer‘s reflections on her Asian American experiences is wonderful.

Perfect read for my own reflection on the power of words before the school year starts. 💗 Thanks for moving it up on my tbr list, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great quote! 6d
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Hello #SheSaid!

What a different vibe from our last book, not sure how I like it overall yet, but the change of voice is welcome to me at least.

With that being said, she still has managed to talk about a lot of important subjects from a very personal POV in this opening chapter. And I‘m kind of put off by the idea that poetry is “less-than” if it‘s personal or has identifiers in it… who decided that and what were they thinking 🙄

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So far…. I‘m really liking this one, I hope that continues. I‘m listening to the audiobook and really liking that too. How‘s it going for everyone else? 6d
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Karisa I‘m getting a lot out of this book. It was recommended at a Learning for Justice teacher conference I attended in spring. Everyone seemed to feel it was an important read. It was the first conference focused on Asian American studies for K-12 the group had held. Many of the organizers were in tears to see so many educators in attendance. They said they‘ve often felt invisible in edu. I feel like it should be required reading for all teachers! 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa oh that‘s great! That means the rest of the book is great too! Whoo hoo!! Just some of things she said in the first one made me think it was written after the rest, which had me a bit worried….so I‘m a bit relieved that it comes with high praise over all. And again, the stuff that‘s written true to our own lived experiences are the best things..because they are real and raw. I‘m still perplexed how that is viewed as bad in poetry ⤵️ 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa … which to me is often more emotive. Oh and some of her examples in education were so telling. 6d
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I took things she said about her poetry in college to be what she‘d heard from her program. Since she was in the Midwest, the push was/is against “identity politics”. Ezra Klein mentions this right wing tactic in his new book too. They use it to belittle those that vote based on their identities. Klein points out that those that use the tactic seem to forget that “gun owner” and “Christian” identities too. ⬇️ (edited) 6d
Karisa Yet, no one puts them down for voting based on those groups‘ interests. I got the feeling Hong disagrees with that mentality now. (edited) 6d
KathyWheeler I felt that her saying she wanted to stay away from identity poetry was rooted in the fact that she was being told it was not good and she already had a lot of self-hatred so she bought that line. 6d
staci.reads I don't have my copy of this one yet. Hoping g to be caught up by next Sunday's post. 6d
AnneCecilie I‘m really liking this one so far. She has given me a lot to think. Like how Asian Americans are next in line to become white. And then she goes in to write about how they are “invisible” today and has been through history. 6d
MallenNC I read this opening essay back when the book first came out so I‘m looking forward to reading more of this one. She packs a lot into the first essay. What she said about what it‘s like having immigrant parents reminded me of Thi Bui‘s 6d
MallenNC Also even though this isn‘t light, it‘s still a great change from our last book 6d
kspenmoll She is so open with her thinking…The whole therapy scene made me feel so bad for her. I noticed some of the same things that @Karisa @AnneCecilie mentioned. Just one chapter & xO have some many new thoughts/ideas to think through. 6d
AllDebooks Of to a great start, really made me think about the 'invisibility' experienced by Asians, as neither white nor black. I agree @kspen the counselling episode left me cold 6d
AllDebooks Sorry @kspenmoll didn't tag properly in comment 😅 6d
AllDebooks I highly recommend the tagged for another Asian poet pov. Very moving 6d
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Stalking Litsy way too early on a Sunday morning (for my time zone) because the books for #SundayBuddyRead and #SheSaid were just so freaking good this week! I can‘t wait to hear what others thought…

Karisa @5feet.of.fury Glad it‘s not just me 😂🥰 (edited) 6d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just posted the discussion! 😉 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And now off to see what the SundayBuddy read is this month 😉 6d
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Finished the first 2 rows this past week. It‘s been brutally hot & humid so I have been in our air conditioned living room most days!
Reading the bottom row.
#sundaybuddyread #shesaid

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! You managed to read a ton!!! Hope it‘s cooling off🥵 7d
Karisa Both #shesaid and #sundaybuddyread book picks are fantastic this month! I can‘t wait to discuss. So much highlighting in Minor Feelings for me. Powerful! I can see why it‘s so highly recommended @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I‘m really enjoying it too, glad to see it wasn‘t just me. 6d
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@riveted_reader_melissa is hosting #shesaid buddy read of the tagged book and corresponding schedule. Let her know if you want to be included.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Sorry for the late schedule post #SheSaid…. But here it is, the new schedule!

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Thank you so much, @Rachel.Rencher ! ❤️ It was such a delight to receive our packages today, and we had so much fun opening them and comparing teas and stickers. And what a perfect book choice for me! Littens, definitely check out Rachel‘s TikTok to see how absolutely beautifully these books are wrapped! Her TikTok is bookishcouple ❤️📚

Rachel.Rencher Oh my gosh, I had no idea you were a Litten!! Thanks so much for posting this here, Brooke! 🥰 2w
Brooke_H @Rachel.Rencher I‘m glad your shop is having so much success! ☺️ 2w
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JenniferEgnor
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This is the first book I‘ve read centered on AAPI experiences. How often do we really have this conversation? Not enough. The author shares her experiences with racism in America and how it intersected with her education, her dreams, and more. She also talks about assimilation, and the pressure to be good enough, the right kind of AAPI. Highly recommended.

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1. Minority experience in the US
2. To get outside my own limited perspective
3. Tagged book is on my #roll100 list
#sundayfunday
Thanks for the tag!

ozma.of.oz I also have this book stacked! I‘ll be interested to see your thoughts on it! Thank you for sharing! 7mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Great book! Lots of topics and interesting people to look deeper into!

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vlwelser
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I'm actually not going to recommend this #audiobook. There's something about the author's delivery that I found incredibly distracting. The content, however, is really great. So, read the book, definitely. There is an essay on Theresa Cha that basically sells the whole book, IMO. But skip the audio.

This was the bonus October pick for my IRL book club.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
kspenmoll I am currently reading this now- only a couple of chs in. Not surprised audio not the best way to “read” this content 10mo
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Began this tonight, but stopped to take a breath. It‘s tearing me up- white privilege/guilt inside me for all our country‘s immigration/racist/western imperialist policies & actions?My grandparents came from Canada before the Great Depression.My Irish side came during the potato famine. We are from the western part if the globe, not eastern,southern hemispheres. #literati #meganrapinoe
The two of Megan‘s books are heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad Megan is elevating this book. I read it shortly after it was published, and it‘s phenomenal. 10mo
kspenmoll @Hooked_on_books I am not that far along & I am glad for your input! 10mo
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#bookmail #literati #roxanegay #nineeleven #Literati #meganrapinoe
On my porch today: October picks for #literati & a book on 9/11. Looking forward to reading them.

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Lindy
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Sharp, insightful & witty autobiographical essays about political, social & economic issues like structural oppression, self-hatred & the struggle to write as an individual—not as a representative of all Asian Americans. I took particular notice of her thoughts on non-African American use of AAVE: “instead of decolonizing English, we are carving English up into nation states.” Excellent #audiobook read by the author.

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Lindy
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Poetry is a forgiving medium for anyone who‘s had a strained relationship with English. [… It‘s] an optimal form to explore the racial condition because our unspeakable losses can be captured through the silences built into the lyric fragment.

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Lindy
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It‘s as if readers relish white male writers behaving badly, but they demand that minority writers must always be good. And because of this, we put our minor feelings aside to protect white feelings.

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Lindy
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I‘m taking an intensive ten-week online natural dye course so I‘ve had less time for Litsy lately. I‘ve tagged my current audiobook, because #audiocrafting. 😊

Ruthiella Are you learning lots? 13mo
Hooked_on_books Well if these are some of the fruits of your labors, wow! Fabulous saturated colors! 🧶 13mo
LeahBergen Such vibrant colours! 13mo
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julesG 😍😍😍 I'm watching your progress on IG, too. Such beautiful yarns and fabrics. 13mo
DrexEdit Wow! Those are gorgeous! 😍😍 13mo
Prairiegirl_reading Love the colours!! Great job!!! 13mo
Lindy @julesG Thanks! I‘ve decided to take today and tomorrow off from stirring hot dye pots because we‘re in a heat wave. 37 C is unusual for us. I am still hard at work on the paperwork and calculations though. 😊 13mo
Lindy @Ruthiella Yes, I am. I had expected to discover gaps in my knowledge and I certainly have. It‘s been stimulating! 13mo
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading @DrexEdit @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Thanks! I‘m very happy with the saturated colours Im getting. 😊 13mo
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alysonimagines
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As a biracial half-Asian I‘ve never felt like I could identify with the umbrella term “Asian American,” but even Cathy Park Hong, a monoracial Korean American, feels uneasy identifying with this collective “we,” when Asian Americans are such a diverse pluralism that it‘s difficult to delineate what “we” even means. Hong‘s provocative book challenges cultural notions of Asian identity, including her own.🏮#mayreads2021

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”How can I write about us living together when there isn‘t too much precedent for it? Can I write about it without restoring to some facile vision of multicultural oneness or the sterilizing language of virtue signaling? Can I write honestly? Not only about how much I‘ve been hurt but about how I have hurt others?”

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EmilieGR
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This was a well written and thought provoking read. I have to admit that I liked the first half more than the second half- they are very different- but that could‘ve been me reading with my own agenda.

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sakeriver
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So, this book was all the things I‘d heard it was. It was fire, yes. It was incisive, yes. And there is an element of speaking truth to power that feels important, but I think what feels most radical about it to me are the times when it feels like it‘s completely ignoring the white gaze. I‘m glad that this book exists.

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I don‘t often read multiple books at once but I‘m making an exception here.

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Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong discusses both her life as a Korean American and the realities of being Asian in the USA. Overall, I found the collection of essays interesting and I definitely learned a lot while reading.

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Karmapen
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I struggled with this book. It was engaging and well written but at times relentlessly academic in its discussion of art, writing and philosophy, which sometimes felt hard to follow amongst the other contexts of the book (mainly historical and autobiographical.) Its definitely an important read, but maybe better suited to the classroom environment.

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JackieGreco
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I learned so much from this book. The author‘s honesty about her own struggles with racial identity were eye opening. I also appreciated her use of story about other Asian Americans and their experiences.

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beaconhillbooks
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Listened to this on audio and absolutely loved Hong‘s perspective and observations. Not all of the essays clicked but such a thought provoking compilation.

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I read this book because a podcast that I love encouraged its listeners to read the book together. I‘m glad I did! Very interesting, well-written essays.

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"Suddenly Americans feel self-conscious of their white identity and this self-consciousness misleads them into thinking their identity is under threat. In feeling wrong, they feel wronged. In being asked to be made aware of racial oppression, they feel oppressed."

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BekaReid
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It's hard to put together my thoughts coherently enough on this essay collection for a review. I'll leave it simple: well-written, powerful, insightful, and an essential read.

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mhillis
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Minor Feelings is a must read. All the essays are powerful, especially Bad English and Portrait of an Artist. Cathy Park Hong and Chanel Miller talked about “Making art out of Grief” for Glamour which I also highly recommend:
https://www.glamour.com/story/cathy-park-hong-chanel-miller-in-conversation

Cinfhen Agreed! This was a powerful collection 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the link. Looking forward to this book! 1y
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kspenmoll I want to check some of these out. 1y
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Cinfhen
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Cathy Park Hong is so observant and sly and brilliant and disarming!!! Her essay collection was insightful and eye opening. This was MAJOR feelings being shared, explored, heard. I am sure she articulated what many Asian Americans are to timid to say and I applaud her for opening the dialogue. This was a powerful collection 💥💥💥💥I did a print/audio combo and both mediums worked well.

Megabooks This is a fantastic book. 1y
SamAnne I‘ve definitely stacked this one. 1y
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America needs this book! She makes a lot of important points about Asians as the “model minority” and how Asia is A LOT of places with different cultures, and I particularly enjoyed her essay about her reaction to Richard Pryor‘s comedy. However, the most timely essay is certainly the one about artist Theresa Cha‘s murder at the hands of a white serial rapist and security guard in 1982. Violence against AAPI women is nothing new. Read this.

Lovesbooks87 Just placed a hold for the audiobook at my library! 1y
Moonprismpower Did she like or hate Richard Pryor? I haven‘t seen his standup. But I saw a few of his movies. 1y
Megabooks @Lovesbooks87 it‘s a fantastic audiobook! 1y
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Megabooks @Moonprismpower she mainly talked about that famous stand up act where he was brutally honest about being Black in America. She reflected on parts where she related to his blackness and other parts where she related more to the white people he spoke of. It was a way of expressing her pain and discomfort that she doesn‘t fit in the conversation about race in America. Hope this helps! (edited) 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen did you pick this up at the audible sale? 1y
Cinfhen Yesssss!!! I started it the other day/ it‘s really good 1y
faelinwolf She's doing a talk for our AAPI cultural center in April! I'm excited to hear her & read this! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 maybe you were the one who told me to get it?? And girl, how many audiobooks do you juggle???? 1y
Megabooks @faelinwolf oh fantastic! Enjoy! 1y
Cinfhen I started the audio before my flight but for some reason when I got on the plane this other audiobook was in my Audible que...so I just listened to that one ....which took me several days to get through. Now I‘m going back to this one 😜 (edited) 1y
Moonprismpower Thank you. This sounds really good. 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen makes sense! I‘m slowly reading this one. I‘m enjoying parts of it, but like half of it is graphic sex, so I kind of...that‘s not something I normally enjoy...it‘s interesting to read about a two-spirit indigenous Canadian and listen to the accent (which is super thick Canadian, definitely not an American vaguely pretending to be Canadian), but it‘s an odd duck for me. 1y
Megabooks @Moonprismpower I hope you enjoy it. 1y
Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about your current audio/ im not 💯 sold on it!!! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen just tagged you in the review! 1y
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TheBookStacker
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Starting this after the terrible attacks yesterday and during this huge wave of AAPI hate is a bit weird but this has been on my list for a long time.

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stristessa
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She gets me.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Nonfiction about being Asian American and how it is in the world of writing.

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flybluejay
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I must have sent a friend at least 15 screenshots and/or quotes from this book.

These are essays that I will be thinking about for a very, very long time.

If you are Asian American, or if you are not, READ this book.

I didn‘t think it was possible for pain to be captured in such exquisitely accurate detail.

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“I have been partly drawn to writing, I realize, to judge those who have unfairly judged my family; to prove that I‘ve been watching this whole time.” — from the essay “Bad English” by Cathy Park Hong in Minor Feelings

Art by Matt Hyunh for the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/06/us/coronavirus-race-artists-asian-american-id...

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cherylmorton
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“Conscription is everyday and unconscious. It is the default way of life among those of us who live in relative comfort, unless we make an effort to choose otherwise.”

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Hooked_on_books
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Recently, there‘s been a lot of necessary discourse on the black American experience. But what about other non-white experiences? Here, Cathy Park Hong addresses her own Asian American experience (specifically Korean) in a fantastic book of essays. She provides needed food for thought. I highly recommend this one.

#bookspinbingo audio edition

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ontheBL
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This exceptional collection of essays will break your heart and open your mind. Asia is an expansive and diverse area of the world, but America has one word for an equally diverse people: Asian. This is one of many ways America sweeps over oppression and racism with an optimistic view that does not mirror the reality Asian Americans live with. https://onthebl.org/2020/10/01/racial-consciousness-in-minor-feelings-by-cathy-p...

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brandierickson
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This book of essays is phenomenal. Hong argues that Asian Americans have incredibly complex feelings that are almost impossible to articulate, but manages to articulate them disconcertingly well in this book. A must read along with any other anti-racism books.

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SaraBeagle
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Well-ReadNeck
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Fabulous Own Voices essay collection.

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Chelsea.Poole
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This was on my radar prior to the many #antiracism lists I happened to see it on.
Several of the #essays I felt were enlightening but I was surprised at the length of time spent on a former roommate's mental illness. It seemed a little disconnected to the central theme of the book. Asian-American racial experiences is a lesser-explored topic, so I was glad to see the subject published. The
#audiobook is read but the author & is great! #nonfiction

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