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The Bánh Mì Chronicles

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The word “ Bánh Mì “ means “bread” in Vietnamese. Bánh Mì sandwiches are a long-time Vietnamese staple that’s been influenced since the French colonization. It was the first Vietnamese food I grew to like as a Southeast Asian kid growing up in a White middle class neighborhood outside of Chicago. Th… read more

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Uncovering Minor Feelings w/ Cathy Park Hong

(S3, EP 3) Cathy Park Hong joined me for this week's episode of the podcast.  Cathy is a Korean-American poet, writer, and professor at Rutgers-Newark University.  Cathy recently released her critically acclaimed essay book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning this past Spring.  In discussing her latest book, Cathy shared her process in writing Minor Feelings, and on the complicated layers of the Asian-American identity in her essays.  Her book segued into the current anti-Asian racism during Covid-19 which she also wrote an op-ed for the NY-Times called "The Slur I Never Expected To Hear in 2020".  She talked about the challenging issues confronting anti-Black racism in the API community in the wake of George Floyd's murder, and reflected on the differences between her experience with the LA Riot and the current protest movements.  There is so much more in our discussion that you won't want to miss!  


Special thanks to my sponsor, Lawrence and Argyle, a Viet-American owned merchandise line representing immigrant empowerment. Get yourself a pin, hoodie or t-shirt and show off your immigrant pride. Visit them at or on Instagram @lawrenceandargyle or on their Facebook page.



Cathy Park Hong is a Korean-American poet, journalist the author of Translating Mo'um, (Hanging Loose Press, 2002); Dance Dance Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2007), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; and Engine Empire (W.W. Norton, 2012). In Spring 2020, Cathy recently released her critically acclaimed essay book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEA, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing on politics and her reviews have appeared in the Village Voice, the Guardian, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, and New York Times Magazine.  She is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University and Poetry Editor for The New Republic.  

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