Kathryn Ma

Kathryn Ma was a partner at a law firm when she decided to leave the profession and pursue her dream to be a writer. Her debut novel, “The Year She Left Us,” follows the lives of three generations of Asian-American women. When Ari, the adopted teenage daughter, insists on tracing her roots back in China, it forces her Chinese-American family in San Francisco to confront their own issues of identity and acceptance. Kathryn Ma joins us to talk about writing, her own mixed heritage and assimilation.

An Adopted Daughter’s Search for Identity 19 May,2014forum

Kathryn Ma, author of "The Year She Left Us" and San Francisco-based fiction writer. Her previous book was "All That Work and Still No Boys."

  • jurgispilis

    The Chinese foreign adoption phenomenon is so interesting. The overwhelming majority are girls. Why is that? A combination of China’s one child policy and a cultural preference for boys – they are cheaper. But when boys grow up and seek spouses, they will all be in America, Australia, the UK. This will be interesting.

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