Reading and Discussion with Cathy Park Hong

Followed by Q&A

DISCUSSANT: Yuen Chan, LCSW and Richard Reichbart, PhD

MODERATOR: Aneta Stojnić, PhD

Please join us for a reading by Pulitzer prize finalist Cathy Park Hong followed by a Q&A with psychoanalysts on her notion of “Minor Feelings.” Hong describes Minor feelings as: “emotions that are negative, dysphoric, and therefore untelegenic, built from the sediments of everyday racial experience and the irritant of having one’s perception of reality constantly questioned or dismissed.”

Cathy Park Hong’s book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, was published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House (US) and Profile Books (UK). She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her prose and poetry have been published in the New York Times, New Republic, the Guardian, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings is being turned into a television series by Russian Doll alumna Greta Lee and A24.


“[A] formidable new essay collection . . . I read Minor Feelings in a fugue of enveloping recognition and distancing flinch. . . . [Cathy Park] Hong is writing in agonized pursuit of a liberation that doesn’t look white—a new sound, a new affect, a new consciousness—and the result feels like what she was waiting for.”Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

“Hong dissects her experiences as an Asian American to create an intricate meditation on racial awareness in the U.S. Through a combination of cultural criticism and personal stories, Hong, a poet, lays bare the shame and confusion she felt in her youth as the daughter of Korean immigrants, and the way those feelings morphed as she grew older. From analyzing Richard Pryor’s stand-up to interrogating her relationship with the English language, Hong underscores essential themes of identity and otherness.”Time

“Hong busts out of the closed loop of Asian American discourse and takes off at a run. It’s not that she doesn’t address the model minority myth, the brutality of casual racism, or the mortifications of a first-gen childhood; she writes passionately about how Asians are dismissed, the lowly ‘carpenter ants of the service industry.’ It’s just that she also makes every ‘immigrant talking point,’ as she calls them, viscerally specific. . . . Hong’s essays make a case for solidarity that begins at self-awareness.”GEN

“At-times funny, often deeply thought-provoking work . . . Minor Feelings is an urgent consideration of identity, social structures, and artistic practice. It’s a necessary intervention in a world burgeoning with creativity but stymied by a lack of language and ability to grapple with nuance. Hong takes a step in remedying that.”Chicago Review of Book


Yuen Chan, LCSW is a candidate in the adult program at IPTAR, a member of The Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS), IPTAR Diversitiy Committee and Arts and Society. She has a background as a casting director in the fashion and advertising industry, casting commercials, print campaigns, runway shows, and short films where she developed a strong interest in the broad field of the arts, and specifically in mainstream pop culture and counterculture trends. Before becoming a therapist, she worked at a boutique casting agency whose mission was to confront gender and racial stereotypes and redefine conventional standards of beauty. She works in a group practice in Manhattan. Her recent article, Through a Glass Darkly: A personal Journey Towards Psychanalytic Training Through the Contemporary Prism of Race, Diversity and Inclusion is featured in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Volume 56, 2020-Issue 2-3.

Richard Reichbart, J.D., Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Past President and President-Elect of IPTAR. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) the Confederation of Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS), IPTAR Diversity Committee and Arts and Society. Previously, he was on the board of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA). He is Executive Producer of the PEP video Black Psychoanalysts Speak and Co-Executive Producer of the video Psychoanalysis in El Barrio. He has published two books The Paranormal Surrounds Us: Psychic Phenomena in Literature, Culture and Psychoanalysis (McFarland, 2019) and Curious Stories of Diverse Places: The Cod’s Earring, The Click of The Reindeer and Other Adventures and Even Some Poems (IPBooks, 2019) as well as numerous journal articles. He maintains a private practice for children and adults in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Aneta Stojnić, Ph.D is a candidate at IPTAR in adult psychoanalysis and CAP programs. Her academic background is in arts and humanities and she is active as performance and media scholar, artist and curator and has thought at art academies and universities in Vienna, Ghent and Belgrade. She has published four books: two co-edited volumes, Shifting Corporealities in Contemporary Performance: Danger, Im/mobility and Politics (Palgrave, 2018), Regimes of Invisibility in Contemporary Art, Theory and Culture: Image, Racialization, History (Palgrave, 2017) and two single authored volumes Theory of Performance in Digital Art: Towards a New Political Performance (Orion Art, Belgrade, 2015, in Serbian) and a monograph on Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic discourse Jacques Lacan (Orion Art, Belgrade, 2016, in Serbian). At IPTAR she serves on the ICC board, CAP executive committee and Arts and Society.


IPTAR’s Arts and Society Committee creates programs that illuminate the relationship between Psychoanalysis and the arts. The Committee invites creative writers and artists working in various traditions to share their work and dialogue with the psychoanalytic community.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will gain an understanding of racial melancholia in the context of Cathy Hong’s notion of Minor Feelings.

2. Participants will be able to identify the historical aspects of anti-Asian racism and the xenophobic attacks against Asians and Asian Americans to help inform their practice with this population.

3. Participants will learn about the psychodynamics informing the writer’s creative process.

Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 4:00-6:00pm

via Zoom


General Admission : $75 includes 2 CE credits

IPTAR Members: $50 includes 2 CE credits

Candidates and Students: $25 includes 2 CE credits

CE Credits for LCSW’s, LP’s, LCAT’s, LMHC’s and PSY’s. (included in Fee for this event with pre-registration).

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CE & CME Credits

IPTAR is a New York State approved provider of CE credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Psychoanalysts, Licensed Creative Arts Therapists and Psychologists. 2 CE Credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program, and have completed the online evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements.