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Dim Sum, Bagels, And Grits: A Sourcebook For Multicultural Families

by Myra Alperson FarrarStraus & Giroux, $15. A new book offers extensive information for the growing number of transracial adopters.



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Myra Alperson's Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits provides a great starting point for families who are contemplating adopting across cultures or those looking for information to help raise a transracial family. Using a narrow definition of intercultural adoption-one that limits the field to nonwhite or non-U.S.-born children adopted by white parents- Alperson addresses a wide range of issues, mainly from the perspective of adoptive parents with young children. Her approach is largely anecdotal.

Although the book does not paint an entirely rosy picture of the adoption experience, it favors fast and easy solutions to problems that may need to be explored in greater depth. The most valuable section of the book is the list of resources, which includes not only organizations and publications but also websites and catalog providers of specialty foods, ethnic toys, and artifacts from around the world. This list alone is worth the price of the book. Though introducing young children to their birth culture is a worthy goal, Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits would benefit from greater recognition that cultural identity involves more than just artifacts, foods, and holiday celebrations.

By Kristin Rutherford, an adult Korean adoptee and ESOL teacher in New York.

Copyright 2001 Adoptive Families magazine. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

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