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Nicole Chung

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Nicole Chung has written for The New York Times, the Times Magazine, GQ, Shondaland, Longreads, Vulture, and Hazlitt, among other publications. She is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast. All You Can Ever Know is her first book. Find her on Twitter at @nicole_soojung.

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Nicole Chung Finding community. I love that moment when you share your story and you aren't alone anymore. It's been so fun to hear from, meet, and talk with…moreFinding community. I love that moment when you share your story and you aren't alone anymore. It's been so fun to hear from, meet, and talk with readers!(less)
Nicole Chung This answer changes every time—which I guess is its own answer, in a way: I clearly do not remember a particular day or moment or month when I made…moreThis answer changes every time—which I guess is its own answer, in a way: I clearly do not remember a particular day or moment or month when I made the decision. I had written a few essays about adoption, and gotten a lot of interesting feedback and questions from readers, many of whom told me they hadn't read a transracial adoptee's perspective on adoption before. It surprised me because I had come across these narratives, but it's true that adoptee perspectives hadn't—maybe still haven't—gone "mainstream" in the way they really should.

Eventually it became clear that I couldn't do justice to the issue, to the story, to every person involved, to every complication and nuance, writing 1000- and 2000-word essays here and there. A book would allow me to lay everything out, tell the full story, but I also hoped it would have a kind of impact on the culture—maybe help start some conversations, help keep them going—that a short-form piece wouldn't or couldn't. Also, from a purely selfish standpoint: I felt as though this book would be there, tapping me on the shoulder, until I tried to write it. It was almost as if I had to try to make some kind of place for myself in a literary landscape where people like me and experiences like mine were and are scarce. Which is maybe a burden I should not have felt, and not every writer of color or adoptee of color would or should feel that way, but I did.(less)
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“To be a hero, I thought, you had to be beautiful and adored. To be beautiful and adored, you had to be white. That there were millions of Asian girls like me out there in the world, starring in their own dramas large and small, had not yet occurred to me, as I had neither lived nor seen it.”
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“As my thoughts reached out to them, all at once I could envision hundreds of gossamer-thin threads of history and love, curiosity and memory, built up slowly across the time and space between us—a web of connections too delicate to be seen or touched, too strong to be completely severed.”
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“so when people asked me about my family, my features, the fate I’d been dealt, maybe it isn’t surprising how I answered — first in a childish, cheerful chirrup, later in the lecturing tone of one obliged to educate. I arrive to be calm and direct, never giving anything away in my voice, never changing the details. Offering the story I’d learned so early was, I thought, one way to gain acceptance. It was both the excuse for how I looked, and a way of asking pardon for it.”
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