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Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families by Myra Alperson Advocates and provides suggestions on forging a family that represents more than one culture.
Dok Suni: Recipes from My Korean Mother's Kitchen by Jenny Kwak Includes a shopping list chapter.
Drifting House by Krys Lee Set in Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, this collection of short stories explores love, war, identity, and the homes we make for ourselves.
Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan A young Hawaiian girl looks forward to New Year's Eve, when her family (of Korean, Chinese, and other ancestry) gathers to celebrate, including making mandu.
East to America: Korean-American Life Stories by Elaine H. Kim and Eui-Young Yu Can help adoptive parents, as well as adoptees themselves, learn what Korean-born children may encounter as adults.
Echoes of the White Giraffe by Sook Nyul Choi Fifteen-year-old Sookan adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan but continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul. Sequel to "Year of Impossible Good-byes".
Emma's Rug by Allen Say Story of an (Asian) girl who excels in art with the help of a security "rug". Beautiful artwork.
Emma's Yucky Brother by Jean Little Emma discovers just how much her brother (adopted at age four) means to her when he runs away from home.
English-Korean Picture Dictionary by Frances M. Koh
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden Shin Dong-hyuk knew nothing of civilized existence ...he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. A harrowing narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape.
Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country by Mike Kim Written by a man who spent four years in China helping North Korean refugees who fled there.
Etiquette Guide to Korea by Boye Lafayette De Mente
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley A child is sent to find a younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited. Includes eight recipes at end. (I couldn't resist including this book, though neither Korea nor adoption is mentioned in it.)
Everything You Need to Know about Asian-American History and Culture by Lan Cao and H. Novas Utilizing a lively question-and-answer format, a comprehensive overview of Asian-American history documents the dramatic impact of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Pacific Island cultures on American society.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Discrimination by Ezra Palmer Teaches how to recognize discrimination (racial, gender, handicap, age, and religious) and how to deal with it. Ages 9-14.
Extraordinary Asian Pacific Americans by Susan Sinott Biographical sketches of notable Asian Americans and Pacific Americans, including cinematographer James Howe, scholar and politician S. I. Hayakawa, and novelist Amy Tan. [out-of-print]
F is for Fabuloso by Marie G. Lee Jin-Ha has lived in America only a short time but is adjusting better than her parents. When Jin-Ha starts failing her math class and her racist teacher proves unsympathetic, she starts lying to her parents. After passing math, she confides in her parents about her lying, and her parents reveal the fears they've had and what they've withheld.
Faces of Korea by Richard Harris Observations of 47 people from five continents who move to Korea to live.
Families by Meredith Tax Six-year-old girl of divorced parents talks about the different types of families she and her friends have . . . including an adopted cousin, single parents, neighbors without children, relationships with pets. Black and white engaging cartoon drawings.
Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini Nico, adopted from Korea, hates looking different from her parents. Then her mom explains that there are many types of families, every one of them glued together with love.