The publication of Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings has led to young Asian American critics, writers, and mediamakers discovering the “radical vision of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée,” as a subheading in an Atlantic feature proclaims. Cha’s novel was one of many Asian American artistic projects and practices from the 80s that pushed against form and incorporated the language of alienation, paralleling the increased political value of representational framing since the start of the pandemic. We gather together critics and artists like Daryl Chin to critically reflect on the mechanics of how work comes up. What other forms of Asian American experimentation should we be helping each other retrieve from our collective histories?
Co-presented with Kaya Press
May 21, 2021