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Books on Biracial Asian Americans

Non-Fiction Books

  1. The Voices of Amerasians: Ethnicity, Identity, and Empowerment in Interracial Japanese Americans by Stephen L. H. Murphy-Shigematsu

  2. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Falkner

  3. Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo by Jo Koy

  4. Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

  5. Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil


on Amerasian Children of Korean War

  1. Ten Thousand Sorrows by Elizabeth Kim

  2. Dust of the Streets: The Journey of a Biracial Orphan of the Korean War by Thomas Park Clement

  3. Mixed Korean: Our Stories An Anthology by Cerrisa Kim, Katherine Kim


on Amerasian Children of Vietnam War

  1. War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art by Wei Ming Dariotis

  2. Surviving Twice: Amerasian Children of the Vietnam War by Trin Yarborough

  3. The Dust of Life: America’s Children Abandoned in Vietnam by Robert S. McKelvey

  4. The Outcast Amerasian by Kevin Le

  5. Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy by Andrea Warren

  6. Children Of The Enemy: Oral Histories Of Vietnamese Amerasians And Their Mothers by Steven DeBonis

  7. Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home by Thomas A. Bass


Fiction Books

  1. Flamer by Mike Curato (biracial LGBT story for teens)

  2. Romina's Rangoli by Malathi Michelle Iyengar (picture book)

  3. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami (for middle school)

  4. My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman (for middle school)



Books on Asian American Adoption

*many of the books about Amerasian children of Korean and Vietnam war in the biracial section also involve real-life adoption stories

All Inclusive

  1. Adopted from Asia: How It Feels to Grow Up in America by Frances M. Koh

  2. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (fiction for middle school and teens)

  3. Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism by Kim Park Nelson (non-fiction for adults)


Chinese American adoption

  1. Chinese Eyes By Marjorie Ann Waybill (fiction for children)

  2. Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles by Darlene Friedman (picture book)

  3. An-Ya and Her Diary by Diane René Christian (fiction for middle school)

  4. Kids Like Me in China by Ying Ying Fry (non-fiction for middle school)


Cambodian American adoption

  1. The Bora Boys and the Last Big Door by Michael J. Feeney (fiction for children)


Korean American adoption

  1. We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo by Linda Walvoord (fiction for children)

  2. To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption by Arissa H. Oh (non-fiction for adults)

  3. How to Greet the Mother Who Bore You (A Short Story) by Matthew Salesses (fiction for middle school and up)

  4. Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea by Jane Jeong Trenka (non-fiction for middle school and up)

  5. Ghost of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation by Soojung Jo  (non-fiction for middle school and up)

  6. All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung (non-fiction for adults)

  7. After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees by Sook Wilkinson and Nancy Fox (non-fiction for adults)

  8. A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee's Search for Her Roots by Katy Robinson (non-fiction for middle school and up)

  9. Voices from Across the Sea: An Adoption Memoir Uniting Two Worlds by Lora V. Keleher (non-fiction for middle school and up)

  10. Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States by Kimberly D. McKee (non-fiction for adults)

  11. Unequal Motherhoods and the Adoption of Asian Children: Birth, Foster, and Adoptive Mothers by Jungyun Gill (non-fiction for adults)


Pakistani American adoption

  1. First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover by Mitali Perkins (fiction for middle school)

  2. First Daughter: White House Rules by Mitali Perkins (fiction for middle school)


Taiwanese American adoption

  1. Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood

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