This tale of not fitting in, not knowing her roots and struggling to understand her culture is detailed in her book All You Can Ever Know. The memoir features Chung’s childhood and follows her through life as she embarks upon a two-pronged quest: to find her true identity and to search for the truth behind her adoption.
The book’s title is particularly poignant because it’s the phrase that Chung would hear when inquiring about her roots. Despite grilling her adoptive parents for information, she’d receive the same answer time and again: her parents “had just moved here from Korea” and “thought they wouldn’t be able to give you the life you deserved… and that may be all you can ever know.”
The book’s title can be interpreted in two vastly different ways. It has negative connotations (it suggests an everlasting void and a sense of emptiness), but also positive ones (it infers a huge amount of information just waiting to be discovered). Indeed, the book explores both of these concepts in great detail.