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After all, the essays collected in “Minor Feelings” primarily discuss Asian Americans, a racial group often seen as detached from our central national narrative.

And yet a sense that Asian Americans, with their “vague purgatorial status,” don’t — or somehow can’t — claim relevance to public life haunts her book.

Despite its subtitle, “An Asian American Reckoning,” the book takes up much of its word count discussing others.

These essays suggest that we take a different approach to “Minor Feelings” as a whole — that we might be better off trying to read it like poetry.

Minor FeelingsAn Asian American ReckoningBy Cathy Park Hong

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