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Cultural Resources for a Child of Asian Heritage

[Cultural Resources for a Child of Asian Heritage] As the adoptive parents of children of Asian heritage, we strive to instill in them an understanding of their roots, as well as a sense of cultural identity and pride. To help you begin the process at home, we've rounded up the best resources for your families. You'll find articles from our archives, reviews of books for you and for your kids, plus recipes and craft ideas.

Beyond the Lion Dance, by Jeff Gammage
"Sometimes I wonder whether teaching my daughters about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac will help them thrive as Asian girls living in 21st-century America."
Who is a Whiz Kid?, by Ted Gup
"When my son was five months old, friends predicted he would be a good student—probably a mathematician."
Dealing With Stereotypes, By Deborah Johnson
When our children get hit with negative—or positive— labels, it robs them of who they really are.
The Essence of Beauty, by Joy Lieberthal
"Growing up, makeup felt like a mask— a cover-up for my true inner self."
Girl Power!
What happens when a group of young, smart, cute, Asian adoptees get together?
Beanbag Traveler
Books that can help your child connect with his birth culture. Add your family favorites by using the comment function at the bottom of the article.
East Meets West Moon Cakes and the Autumn Moon Festival, by Amy Souza
Share one waiting mom's adapted recipe for Moon Cakes, and share your favorite recipes using our comment feature!
At Home in This World: A China Adoption Story, by Jean MacLeod
Kids Like Me in China, by Ying Ying Fry
After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees, Edited By Dr. Sook Wilkinson and Nancy Fox
The Lucky Gourd Shop, by Joanna C. Scott
Central American Heritage, Schlessinger Media
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, by Frank H. Wu
The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past, by Karin Evans
Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption, and Orphanage Care in China, by Kay Ann Johnson
Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Daughter Back to her Hometown in China, by Emily Prager
Celebrating the Chinese New Year. Download this cultural development e-book from The China School.
Inside Transracial Adoption, by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall

The China Doll, by Carrie Howard
When Excessive Attention Sets Children Apart
Holding Your Place with the Next Generation, by Jane Brown
I flashed back to encounters we'd had when Ian and his brothers and sisters were children. Now the shoe was on the other foot; I was the one singled out as different.
A Family Commitment, by Lee Conrad Kemsley
Perhaps learning (and helping Mae learn) about China would be a way of giving back to a country that had given me such great joy.
Chicken Feet for Thanksgiving, by Kristin Castiglione
One family's experience incorporating a traditional Chinese dish into their Thanksgiving Day meal.
Back Home in a Chinese Orphanage, by Lisa Gubernick
A five-year-old girl revisits her past.
Returning to China, by Alan Morse
From the day we brought a toddler home in 1998, we plotted our return to China.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year, by Rochelle Green
The origins of the Chinese New Year celebrations and ideas for your family.
Recipe: Almond Cookies
A staple in Chinese-American households during the holidays.
First Paperwork, then Spring Rolls, by Lyssa Friedman
Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I'll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know—through cooking.
Homemade Chinese Dumplings
This Web site offers step-by-step instructions and photos for making Chinese dumplings.

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