Mary Ann Key Book Club: Online event this Tuesday

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November 1, 2021


Mary Ann Key Book Club: A Community Discussion of “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning”

Myron Medcalf, Lindsay Peifer, and book cover of Minor Feelings

Tuesday, November 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join columnist Myron Medcalf and moderator Lindsay Peifer in a virtual conversation with Asian American community leaders David Mura, Terri Thao and Anthea Yur. Panelists will discuss Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong, the Asian American experience, and how individuals can dismantle racism and make real change for a better future.

Collaborator: Star Tribune
Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library
Partner: National Education Association
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A short conversation with Myron Medcalf and Lindsay Peifer

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Hear from Lindsay Peifer and Myron Medcalf in this brand new video (via YouTube, 10 minute duration).


Reflections and discussion

In the last essay “Indebted,” Hong writes, “If the Asian American consciousness must be emancipated, we must free ourselves from our conditional existence.” What does this mean for Hong? What does it mean for you? 

How do your feelings of indebtedness constrain your voice, choices or prevent you from being an ally or in solidarity with other people? How can you step into your own space and power?

How does the book’s use of seven essays bring together disparate materials and help you understand the minor feelings experienced by Asian Americans? 

Read Myron's reflections in his most recent column, published last weekend in the Star Tribune (free for all readers).


Recommended reading from panelists David Mura, Terri Thao, and Anthea Yur

The Bride Test, Helen Hoang

The Making of Asian America: A History, Erika Lee

The Paper Menagerie, Ken Liu

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

No-No Boy, John Okada

Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family, Yoshiko Uchida

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life, Ali Wong

The I-Hotel, Karen Tei Yamashita

The Latecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Kao Kalia Yang

Sour Heart , Jenny Zhang


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Replay and share the talk with Cathy Park Hong

Myron Medcalf and Cathy Park Hong in conversation

A recording of the talk is available for replay and on-demand viewing through November 14, 2021. Watch now and share with your friends!


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The Star Tribune is a valued partner of the Mary Ann Key Book Club. Mr. Medcalf is leveraging his column to further engage our community on the truths of the past, our challenges in the present, and the possibilities of the future.

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