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Identity, Acceptance Permeate Nicole Chung’s New Memoir Of Adoption

All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn’t look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells the complicated story of transracial adoption in a new memoir.


Nicole Chungwriter, editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine. Author of “ All You Can Ever Know.”  ( @nicole_soojung)

Joyce Maguire Pavao, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker and family therapist. Consultant at Pavao Consulting and Coaching who has advised public and private child welfare agencies, adoption agencies, schools, and community groups. Lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Excerpt from “All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung

Excerpted from ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW by Nicole Chung. Copyright © 2018 by Nicole Chung. Excerpted with permission by Catapult.

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