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Cathy Park Hong 

Moderated by Benjamin Law & Beverley Wang

Anti-Asian hate crimes, attacks, and everyday racism have skyrocketed since the onset of COVID-19. Yet Asians living in western countries often get left out of broader conversations about racism. It's time for that to change to #StopAsianHate.

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“Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity."
Cathy Park Hong

Let's talk about being Asian in the West

When former President Trump dubbed COVID "The China Virus", people of Asian descent across the world paid the price. But racism against Asians isn't new. For as long as Asian families have been emigrating, settling and building lives in other countries, they have encountered everything from stereotyping and fetishisation to outright violence.

Korean American poet and writer Cathy Park Hong's critically acclaimed bestseller, Minor Feelings, interrogates the complexities of race and identity, the emotional toll with dealing with prejudice, and the difficulty of confronting internalised racism. Join this compelling, personal discussion with broadcasters Beverley Wang and Benjamin Law.  

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More about Cathy Park Hong...

Cathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Hong is also the author of three poetry collections including Dance Dance Revolution (which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize), Engine Empire, and Translating Mo’Um. She is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Boston Review, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and full professor at the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program in poetry.

More about Beverley Wang...

Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster, speaker and co-host of Stop Everything! on Radio National. Before that she created and hosted the podcast It’s Not A Race and was the Executive Producer of RN Drive. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she’s been based in Melbourne since 2009.

More about Benjamin Law...

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author. He’s the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). Benjamin created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, based on his memoir, and wrote the sold-out mainstage play Torch the Place for Melbourne Theatre Company (2020). In 2019, he was named one of the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians – winning the Arts, Culture & Sport category – and one of Harper's Bazaar Visionary Men. He has a PhD in creative writing and cultural studies from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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