Adopted series editor Nicole Chung

Korean as a Second Language

I never would have come to Korean if not for my adoption. The language pulled me back to it, despite the decades, cultures, and continents between us.

Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn’t a US Citizen

“I hated when attention was brought to my adoptee status. I was American, and that was all I wanted to be.”

Oct 23, 2017
When an Adoptee Adopts

We wanted our son to know his first mother. Was it the right choice?

Aug 22, 2016
Names

“Can two girls named Mika exist at once? Would one have to be erased?”

Mar 29, 2016
A Conversation With Brandon

I worried that my nephew considered it too late for reconnection.

Mar 22, 2016
Traveling With the Seongs

“A disco bus is the most sensible transport option.”

Mar 22, 2016
The Half Dad

The email was proof that my biological father was looking for me.

The Thing About Being Gay and Adopted

“In moments like this, natural childbirth seems like magic to me.”

Mar 15, 2016
Buckle and Sway

“I have an insatiable appetite for photographs of people who look like me.”

Mar 08, 2016
Mama

When I hear the word “mama,” the ache in my chest belongs to my grandma.

Mar 08, 2016
Sin Will Find You Out

“I was born four years before Governor Rockefeller legalized abortion.”

Mar 01, 2016
Guilt

“I’d wanted nothing more than to be a Korean person, to speak fluently, to adapt culturally.”

Mar 01, 2016
Introduction: Rewriting Adoption

“Telling our stories often means pushing past the easy platitudes.”

Mar 01, 2016