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Father's Rubber Shoes  by Yumi Heo    Yungsu is homesick for his native Korea, so his father tells a story from his own childhood to explain why they have come to America. The next day, proud of his father and his heritage, Yungsu shares some Korean food with a classmate, opening the door for a friendship between them.


Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: a Collection of Family Poems  by Mary Ann Hoberman   


Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted  by Susan Gabel, M.Ed    Lifebook/ workbook for older children, to be used as a tool to help them learn about being adopted. Sections include: My Birth Family, My Adoption Process, My Adoptive Family, and Myself.


Finding My Hat  by John Son   Jin-Han describes his life growing up in the United States with his Korean immigrant parents as they move to different cities with their business.


Finding My Voice  by Marie G. Lee    The only Asian in a small American high school, Ellen Sung begins her senior year, contending with racism and her parents' pressure to get good grades.


Flavors of Korea  by Marc and Kim Millon   Korean cooking with a Hawaiian influence.


Forever Fingerprints  by Sherrie Eldridge   Lucie's aunt and uncle are having a baby, which makes Lucie wonder about her birth mother and what it was like before she was born.


Forgotten Country  by Catherine Chung   Sisters who live in the Midwestern United States have two different reactions to their Korean parents and heritage. Janie, the oldest, is told that their family has lost a daughter in every generation. As adults, when younger sister Hannah cuts all ties and disappears, the other embarks on a mission to find her and uncover the truth behind her family's cryptic stories.


Fox Girl  by Nora Okja Keller    Set in the aftermath of the Korean War, Fox Girl is the story of its forgotten victims, the abandoned children of American GIs who live in a world where life is about survival. The "fox girl" is Hyung Jin, who is disowned by her parents and whose life revolves around her best friend, Sookie, a teenage prostitute kept by an American soldier, and Lobetto, a lost boy who makes a living running errands and pimping for neighborhood girls.


Free Food for Millionaires  by Min Jin Lee    Princeton graduate Casey Han stumbles to find a career while trying to maintain her integrity; friends, lovers, and family members (many of whom are Korean-American as well) also come of age.


Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee's Return to Korea  by Jane Jeong Trenka    As a follow-up to The Language of Blood, Jane, a Korean-born adoptee, explores the possibility of making a new, adult life in Korea.


Gathering of Pearls  by Sook Nyul Choi    Sookan struggles to balance her new life as a college freshman in the United States with expectations from her family at home in Korea. Sequel to "Year of Impossible Good-byes" and "Echoes of the White Giraffe".


Good Night, God Bless  by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe   Charming bedtime book features an Asian family about to go to bed.


Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong  by Frances Park and Ginger Park   Jangmi finds it hard to say goodbye to all she loves in Korea when her family plans to move to the United States.


Grace Notes: A Story of Music, Trials, and Unexpected Blessings  by Sang-Eun Lee Bukaty    Fifth daughter of a wealthy politician in Seoul, the author and her family go through dramatic lifestyle changes at the onset of the Korean War. Bukaty finds promise as a Korean musician but ultimately chooses to try her luck in the United States.


Growing Up Adopted  by Maxine R. Rosenberg   Fourteen adoptees of various ages describe their perspectives.


Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children  by Jean Illsley Clark and Connie Dawson   Book helps readers examine our own upbringing and how that influences how we parent.


Growing Up Asian American  by Maria Hong   For many Asian Americans, a childhood in America was spent studying America's European ancestors but not their own, and being forced at an early age to confront many prejudices and stereotypes. Stories and essays from 32 Asian American writers, including Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Gus Lee illuminate the experience.


Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen  by Hi Soo Shin Hapinstall   


Grown in the Heart  imported from Finland by Adopt Shoppe    Part lifebook, part meditation for adoptive parents, focusing on the first year of life together.