Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning is the Korean-American writer’s first essay collection.
What are minor feelings?
Like ugly feelings, minor feelings are sustained undesirable emotions.
I wanted to fall flat on my face doing it.”Throughout Minor Feelings, Hong returns to that squirming “minor” feeling of shame.
In Minor Feelings, shame’s dissociative effects encourages scrutiny and self-reckoning, allowing Hong to skillfully navigate gaps and affinities between her own Asian-American experience and the Asian-American position more generally.