All You Can Ever Know
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 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 hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up―facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from―she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Adoption; Interracial; adopted adult; adoptive parents; international adoption; interracial family
Asian (Korean) / White
adoptive mother and father
premature birth; birth family; Oregon; stories; search angel; outsider; pregnancy; isolation
Chung, Nicole, "All You Can Ever Know" (2018). Diverse Families. 2007.