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A Busy Day at Mr. Kang's Grocery Store by Alice Flanagan Full of photographs; describes Mr. Kang's daily work at his grocery store.
A Kid's Guide to Asian-American History by Valerie Petrillo More than 70 activities including eleven based in Korean culture.
A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson What a beautifully shared story! Kim Ji-yun (Katy) left Korea to be adopted in the United States at the age of seven, and returns as a married 28-year-old to rediscover the family and roots she can hardly remember.
A Step from Heaven by Ah Na A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America. Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Literature.
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia Discusses the transformation of Asian Americans from a few, small, disconnected ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society.
Behind the Mask by Yangsook Choi A Korean-American boy goes through a trunk of his grandfather's things in search of a good Halloween costume idea, uncovering a valuable piece of family and cultural history.
Clay Walls by Kim Ronyoung An immigrant novel of quiet power and sensitivity; the story of Koreans fighting their way into American society in the years following WWI. Haesu, a yangban (aristocrat) in Korea, dreams of going home and refuses to do what she considers menial work. Her daughter, Faye, struggles to reconcile two different ways of life.
Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller This powerful book details the life of a young Korean-American woman as she struggles to understand her mother's disturbing past.
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.
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.
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]
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.
Halmoni's Day by Edna Coe Bercaw Jennifer's grandmother arrives from Korea just in time for Grandparent's Day.
Home Was the Land of Morning Calm: A Saga of a Korean-American Family by K. Connie Kang A multigenerational portrait of a Korean family begins with the grandfather's participation in the resistance during the Japanese occupation and chronicles their often difficult journey to America.
I Am Korean-American by Robert Kim A Korean-American child talks about parts of her Korean heritage, including clothing, food, and customs. Includes photographs.
Korean Children's Day by Ruth Suyenaga Boy (adopted from Korea) takes his friend with him to the Korean Institute for classes. Very simple, straightforward story.
Saying Goodbye by Marie G. Lee During her first year at Harvard, Ellen Sung becomes interested in her identity as a Korean American and finds herself in direct conflict with her African-American roommate over the issue of a rap singer who is invited to campus, even though he is known for his racist attitude toward Koreans.