Nicole Chung is an American writer and editor. She is the former managing editor of The Toast, the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine, and the author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know.
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung
What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?
Named a Best Book of Fall by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Nylon, Bustle, BookRiot, and more 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 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.