All You Can Ever Know

A Memoir

Recommended by Laurie Hertzel, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #6 in Adoption

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hopes of giving her a better life; that forever feeling slightly out of place was simply her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as she grew up—facing prejudice...

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Laurie Hertzel Chung writes about how isolated she felt growing up as a Korean girl in a white family, in a very white neighbourhood…it’s about finding her place in the world, and examining this idea of multicultural or interracial adoption but then it’s also about what figuring out what family is. (Source)

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