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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.