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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2021)

av Cathy Park Hong (Författare)

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"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's discription.… (mer)
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Titel:Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
Författare:Cathy Park Hong (Författare)
Info:Random House Publishing Group (2021), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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On my journey to have some basic understanding of those in the world different from myself...I find that I have many blind spots. This book helped to illuminate those blind spots and teach me things from a perspective that I cannot begin to innately understand as a white woman. It was a powerful book. Overall, I really enjoyed Cathy's narration and writing. While not a replacement for difficult conversations, it is a beginning to gain basic knowledge. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
I do not share some of Hong's grander assessments of America's past actions and future likely paths (others are unassailably historically correct or certainly possible) but her lived experience is hers and it is instructive and fascinating. It also supports her opinions. Her story moved the needle on my perception of America and Americans. There is an urgency to it in this time when anti-Asian violence seems to rise each week. Hong tells a story about being assaulted with hate speech in a subway station and having a white friend make it all about her (the friend) and her pain at having experienced this. I am not trying to be that woman. I am just bearing witness that I have never had that happen while with Asian friends until the past 17 months, during which time it has happened twice, both times on the subway, and that I am rarely on the subway these days with work being remote. These assholes diminishing strangers, othering them, should sicken us all. The "minor feelings" of the title are these things and others, the phrase is, I think, roughly synonymous with microaggression (the acts of aggression themselves and the impact of the microaggessions.) Park puts together an analysis of the ethnic Asian experience in the US, through a string of essays intermittently personal, political and historical (all steeped in cultural criticism) that at least for me moved my understanding of microaggression from intellectual understanding to clouds parting empathic and intellectual understanding. I did not know what I did not know.

I appreciated how Park used the stories of others as well as her own. Her deconstruction of Richard Pryor was spectacular as were her narratives and interpretations of the lives and sanitized legacies of other artists and revolutionaries. She may want to lay off the Amiri Baraka. She may have chosen to sanitize that legacy herself, forgetting his violent misogyny and antisemitism. Shame on a poet whose whole life is built on the importance of language for lionizing and quoting as gospel (repeatedly in this book) the words of a man who wrote:

"Smile, jew. Dance, jew. Tell me you love me, jew...I got the extermination blues, jewboys. I got the hitler syndrome figured"

It doesn't mean he did not write and do important things, but he was no antidote to Trump, he was just as malignant, just less powerful.

All in all Minor Feelings is brilliant, wide ranging but still cohesive, instructive, beautifully written. (Her discussions of shaping her second language to her will, assaulting the orthodoxy of language was one of my favorite themes. I have often thought Nabokov did the same, that he created beautiful prose by attacking rather than embracing his new tongue.) I believe building authentic understanding is the greatest thing a writer can do. Park has done that. Every American should read this book. ( )
  Narshkite | Aug 16, 2021 |
It took me a long time to tune into the voice of this book. It wasn't till the very end chapters that it became interesting. I am curious to read the author's poetry, but I did not find the book insightful. There was a lot of complaining and whining. I have many close Asian friends, they were also turned off by this book. ( )
  Katyefk | Aug 2, 2021 |
nonfiction - race issues and mental health issues as experienced by a Korean-American woman (and accomplished poet/professor).
I read the first half in one sitting--it was great to read a different perspective--though I would be classed by many as coming from the same group (Asian Americans, just like people classed as "Blacks" or "Indigenous" or "Latinx" encompasses such a broad and varied collection of identities), my experiences have been very different from Ms. Hong's. Which just shows how important it is that we hear from more and more people from communities that have historically been silenced. She also makes some striking and acute observations that are en pointe.
The second half for me stalled a little--I don't know if I'd just lost the momentum, or if I just didn't connect as much to the subject content, but it was still easy enough to read through and finish (props again to the author's writing!). Overall, I'll continue to recommend this book to anyone who might be interested. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings examines both her personal and the common experiences of Asian Americans. Her poetic background comes out in the strong, lyrical writing even as she describes terrible and difficult situations. This is an excellent book for readers looking to broaden their understanding of Asian Americans and their treatment. ( )
  Hccpsk | Jul 1, 2021 |
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"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's discription.

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