We are terrified of racial guilt. But when we’re too afraid to actually deal with what’s happening in the world, to acknowledge our responsibility or what’s at stake, we will be doomed to miss the point over and over again.
“Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate . . . but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.”- Franz Kafka
Catherine Chung is the author of Forgotten Country, forthcoming from Riverhead Books in March 2012. She is a Granta New Voice, and her work has appeared in Guernica, The Journal, and Quarterly West, among others. She is a member of the birdsong collective, and is on the advisory board of Paris Press. A fellow of The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and Yaddo, she has taught creative writing at The University of Leipzig and Cornell University, where she received her MFA. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on a new novel and a collection of essays. You can find her online at: www.catherinechung.com.