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Author of THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD and I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING
Author of THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD and I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING

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I wrote about Ferrante and Adichie for The Millions' Year in Reading.
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When I was hungriest to be Korean, someone fed me.
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I wrote about how being adopted affects me as a parent in this Rumpus essay.

"When my daughter was born, my adoption was suddenly so clearly influential—as an absence. The future was suddenly so crucial, and what was crucial to the future, I had to learn, was the past I did not know.

For one, there was the medical history. When you take your baby to the doctor for the first time, I learned, they want to know your entire family history, the chances that your kid will grow up to have x or y or z.weightoffuture03 So that they can help prevent x or y or z, can watch out for it. I have no idea, and my daughter has no idea, of half of what to watch out for. She is living a life without warning and with no less danger. Because of me."
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I wrote about how being adopted affects me as a parent in this Rumpus essay.

"When my daughter was born, my adoption was suddenly so clearly influential—as an absence. The future was suddenly so crucial, and what was crucial to the future, I had to learn, was the past I did not know.

For one, there was the medical history. When you take your baby to the doctor for the first time, I learned, they want to know your entire family history, the chances that your kid will grow up to have x or y or z.weightoffuture03 So that they can help prevent x or y or z, can watch out for it. I have no idea, and my daughter has no idea, of half of what to watch out for. She is living a life without warning and with no less danger. Because of me."
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Today is my book's pub day, and it would mean the world to me if you'd buy it and maybe even rate it on Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QUGL1AQ) But I want to share a piece on difference and what it means to be different and how difference can be a thing forced on you or given to you as a choice, at The Toast. Plus there are photos of me with my family and me as a little kid.

"One year, there was a report or something that our school was too cliquish, and everyone rushed to say that it was not. Someone created t-shirts that said, “DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.” There was some pressure on us to wear these t-shirts. I hated them. Every shirt was the same, yet they professed a desire for difference. I got caught up in the irony, which wasn’t quite irony. I didn’t see that what really bothered me about the shirts was that to wear them meant something different for a white kid than for a Korean adoptee.

I had to wear the shirt about difference in order to fit in. Difference, for me, was life. It wasn’t a dare. Or, rather, it was something I dared myself not to be, all the time. I dared to be one of the gang."
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I wrote about how even more than ‪#‎WeNeedDiverseBooks‬, we need DIVERSE diverse books, over at The Lit Hub. Thanks to those who shared their stories with me of how they've been treated like the value of their words is determined by their otherness. The Lit Hub is in, and they're giving away 5 copies of my book, which drops--TOMORROW!
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This is pretty much everything I know about how to write a novel. How much of the success of a book depends on the success of the inciting incident(s)? I wrote about it for +The Millions 
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My book gets the interview feature treatment on Kirkus Reviews.
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It's been a while since I published short fiction. But here's a story in the latest issue of Day One. It's called, "How to Greet the Mother Who Bore You." This is the most directly I've ever written about adoption, probably. The beautiful poem that my story is paired with is also (by coincidence!) by an adoptee. We have a conversation in the back about adoption, violence, writing, and more.
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