Cathy Park Hong And The Complexities Of Asian American Consciousness | SSENSE

In her book, Hong moves between concepts of invisibility and erasure, dissecting moments in the culture, shifting between art, language, history and personal memory with a deft sensitivity, touching on events such as the disturbing 2017 video of a United Airlines passenger named David Dao being forcibly removed from an airplane to her education at Oberlin College to her own childhood growing up in a Korean family in Los Angeles. Hong is also the author of three acclaimed books of poetry: Translating Mo’um (2002), Dance Dance Revolution (2007), and Engine Empire (2012), and she also writes about her work as a poet and her preoccupation with what she calls “bad English.” As she writes in Minor Feelings: “I share a literary lineage with writers who make the unmastering of English their rallying cry—who queer it, twerk it, hack it, Calibanize it, other it by hijacking English and warping it to a fugitive tongue.” One hopes that Minor Feelings will be a necessary reading experience for many and that what Hong describes as “minor feelings”—that is, the feelings one has that are all too easily dismissed, denied or silenced—will have found a strong and passionate voice to articulate them.
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