There is a belief in Chinese culture that two people are tied together through fate by a red thread. As an adoptee this thread is often missing or broken. To find their birth family an adoptee may root trace. Root tracing is the process an adoptee goes through to find their “roots,” thus connecting them to their birth family. And through root tracing one may reconnect this thread of fate.
Mother, where are you? explores the narratives around my root tracing, giving a glimpse of an adoptees experience of loss and journey. The process of finding my mother is shown through the correspondences between the various people involved. I want to allow readers to go through the process with me and understand my feelings and thoughts about my root tracing. And though I want readers to understand that there is loss and confusion, I also want them to understand there is hope and optimism in this process.