Major feelings! (Sorry.) This week, TIME magazine published its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Cathy Park Hong was featured on the issue’s cover.
On Twitter, Hong pointed out how seldom the list highlights poets, to say nothing of Asian American women poets.
Poets, especially Asian American female poets, don’t dream about being on the Time 100 List. But it happened and I’m on the cover. https://t.co/eCzj3jEl2a
— cph (@cathyparkhong) September 15, 2021
Ali Wong writes in the issue about the profound impact Hong’s work had had on her.
When I read Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, it felt like I was being shaken awake to something I had convinced myself wasn’t real. The subtle ways Asian Americans are dismissed; how Asian American women feel the need to apologize when taking up any sort of space.
“This is the book to read if you want to be more in touch with your humanity,” she concludes.
The TIME 100 list also includes world-builder extraordinaire N.K. Jemisin, about whom Stacey Abrams (also on the list!) writes “Jemisin’s genius is in how effortlessly she shatters our misconceptions about one another and our world, then invites us to dream to do better.”
You can take a look at the whole list here, and in the meantime, feast your eyes on this gorgeous cover: