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In ‘Minor Feelings,’ Asian American Racial Trauma Is Laid BareMinor Feelings An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong Hardcover, 206 pages | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

The “we” here are Asian Americans and how we’re seen in this country in a time when the us-versus-them dynamic can feel overpowering.

In Minor Feelings, the author asks us to reconsider the effects of racism against Asian Americans and how it persists.

Long before the word “woke” came into our consciousness (and invited a backlash), several notable Asian Americans already understood this point.

Part self-exploration, part cultural criticism, the book’s seven essays introduce (or reintroduce) us to Asian American artists and activists and their oft-overlooked work.

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