“Anti-Asian racism has come roaring back with the coronavirus scare,” says Korean American writer Cathy Park Hong.
There’s this yellow peril stereotype that never goes away.”Minor Feelings, Hong’s collection of essays, explores how society’s perception of Asian American identity shapes the experience of being an Asian American.
She writes about how Asian American women are seen as “fetish objects”, while Asian American men are often considered “unmasculine, untrustworthy, suspicious, and foreign”.
Also: “Chinese is synecdoche for Asians the way Kleenex is for tissues.”Minor feelings are not only felt by Asian Americans, of course.
“It’s not the Asian American reckoning.” Hong wants to overthrow the monolithic story of one Asian American identity.