The book then recounts in dramatic detail the struggles Chung encountered growing up as a transracial adoptee. There are tales of childhood loneliness. There are stories of being teased for looking different to other kids. However, throughout all this, the author’s adopted parents showed her nothing but love.
The book covers various uncomfortable topics that some adoptees will be only too familiar with. An example of this is when people suggest that, by being adopted, she was given a ‘better life’ – the inference perhaps being that a white family could provide for her better than a non-white one. Indeed, the author would hear this regularly from people who believed that Korean families don’t value females as much as American families.