ABOUT THE STRUGGLE FOR SOY
Like many Korean adoptees of the 1980s, Megan Sound was brought up in an era when American parents were led to believe that the best way to raise their babies was to take a color-blind approach. The denial of a child’s ethnicity neglects a significant part of their identity. The Struggle for Soy is a powerfully intimate essay collection that shows how one transracial adoptee navigates from the margins to the middle, from I am not to I am.
With wit and whimsy, Sound sheds light on race, gender, and identity. The Struggle for Soy shows how Sound grapples with restrictive labels like ‘unexplained infertility’ and stereotypes of Asian women. Her experiences are thought provoking for both those familiar with representation and how misrepresentation in pop-culture feels, and those who haven’t had reason—before now—to imagine what it’s like to be Asian in America.
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Sound’s stories are illuminating - especially in a time where so many people are focusing on “otherness”, we need more books that build greater understanding. Her honest and humorous essays share deep insights about growing up as a Korean American. But the stories go beyond nationality and span the common ties of youth, gender, love and more. There are insights for everyone in this book - as Sound struggles to come to peace with her story, the reader can’t help but reflect and examine their own as well. -Jaime Kopke, Programs, Events, and Outreach Manager at Boulder Public Library
This book is funny, sad, insightful, angry, compassionate, and curious. What I liked most was that I could connect to the author's experience even though the particulars of her story are not at all similar to my own experiences. There is a universality in her perspective, and perhaps most importantly for a book that covers so many issues, beautiful clarity in her writing. I sat down and read this book in a little over an hour and was transported.-Evan Weissman, Warm Cookies of the Revolution
I loved the honesty of this book. The world of being an adoptee -- let alone a female, Asian adoptee -- has always been behind a curtain for me, out of sight, out of mind. Megan Sound pulls back this curtain and lets us into that world, and I'll never be quite the same. I consider this kind of book a gift, opening my mind and heart to struggles, conflicts, and prejudices that I had no idea were going on...or perhaps I did, but their invisibility to me made it easy to turn a blind eye to. A straightforward, sharp-witted piece of work that needed to be written - loved it.-Margaret Rode, Founder/Owner of Websites for Good
As a fellow Korean-American adoptee, I found Megatron’s book filled with courage. Through a series of intimate essays and short stories, Sound provides an honest, witty and often humorous account of her journey to embracing the duality of her identity as a Korean-American adoptee. She wrestles with the discomfort of learning to love and accept oneself, in a culture where one is constantly “othered.” Unlike many other adoptee reflections I have read, Sound has an incredible sense of humor and gives us a window into the self-dialogue that many of us have, but are afraid to share. Reading this book validated my own experiences as a transracial adoptee, and made visible so many things that adoptees prefer to hide. I think there is often pressure to not share certain things because we do not want to seem ungrateful, or we want to protect our parents, or we don’t want to question why and how international adoption came into being, or simply just shelf a bunch of meaningful conversations because they are uncomfortable. The Struggle for Soy tackles all of the above with grace, humor and her own fierce truth. This book is not just for adoptees; there is a lot of life lessons for anyone who is interested in what it means to be a beautiful human being! -Alisha Kwon, Board Member of Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families
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