Hong is attuned to the relationship between Asian racialization and American capitalism, as Asian American assimilation has almost always relied on economic advancement.
It is, after all, one of the reasons Ngai’s model of capitalist ugly feelings maps so well onto Hong’s matrix of Asian American minor feelings.
Part of the challenge in writing about Asian America’s minor feelings is doing so in a way that does not simply reiterate Asian American racial capitalism.11 Related Article Mary Gaitskill’s Art of Loneliness Maggie DohertyHong struggles with this dilemma throughout Minor Feelings.
While she touches on the radical origins of “Asian American,” she is aware that the term has since been commodified by the publishing world.
What a strange time to be thinking about Asian American disappearance; I have never felt more anxiously visible.