Little Fires Everywhere features a subplot about the custody battle over an adopted child: the baby’s biological mother, a Chinese immigrant working in a takeaway restaurant, regrets surrendering her – while the adoptive parents, both white and wealthy, believe they offer a better future. Both love the child unconditionally; the judge must weigh the prosperity of the American couple against the child’s loss of her familial and cultural heritage. Nicole Chung’s adoption memoir, All You Can Ever Know, explores the issue of cross-cultural adoption in depth. She writes beautifully of growing up Korean in an all-white, American family, and her attempt to trace her birth family after falling pregnant herself.
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