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Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families Paperback – March 20, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0374526115 ISBN-10: 0374526117 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (March 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374526117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374526115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The face of adoption has changed dramatically in recent years, a fact that the author, whose daughter is from China, knows very well. "Just ten years ago, I would have had far fewer options, as a single woman over forty, to adopt," Alperson writes. In this invaluable handbook "for multicultural families formed through adoption," she offers not only her firsthand experience and wisdom, but also that of other adoptive parents and experts from around the U.S. She also provides an expansive resource directory for everything from adoption agencies and publications to Web sites and sources for multicultural toys. After tracing the history of cross-cultural adoption in the U.S.--which only began in a significant way after WWII and the Korean War--the book outlines some of the specific issues facing multi-ethnic families, along with strategies for dealing with them. Whether it's facing down racism and family disapproval, helping to create a diverse community in which to raise a child or arranging a homeland tour, Alperson (The International Adoption Handbook) leaves no stone unturned, and her frank style, along with the abundant interviews laced through the book, lend a supportive tone to discussions of both the struggles and joys that multicultural families experience. For readers just beginning to consider cross-cultural adoption or those already in the thick of it, this fine book should be at the top of their resource list.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Based on her research and her own experiences raising a daughter born in China, Alperson (The International Adoption Handbook) has written a helpful book for parents who want to make the ethnic and cultural heritage of their adopted children part of their everyday lives. Her down-to-earth, practical guidance for building multicultural ties will appeal to people thinking about adoption as well as those who already have adopted children. The 80-page annotated listing of publications, organizations, and web sites that follows the text is well done and provides a wealth of information, although this reviewer would not call the compendium a "sourcebook." Alperson's advice is similar to that of the founders of PACT: An Adoption Alliance, Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall, in Inside Transracial Adoption (LJ 11/1/00), although her focus is more directly on international adoptions. Recommended for parenting collections.
- Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on February 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits sound different at first, but they are all breakfast foods, and they are all based on a grain. The same holds true for these families. They may be shaped or sound differently, but they are all based on kids, who underneath are all the same. I wanted to make sure that I recommended this book today, February 27, 2001. This week, the U.S. Child Citizenship Act takes effect. It makes it easier to provide children adopted from abroad with U.S. citizenship. It is nearly automatic for most children. But I digress, let's discuss Ms Alperson's sourcebook. Each year in the USA, about 15% of all adoptions are of children born outside the USA. (About 20,000 children last year, about 16,000 per year in the past few years, and several hundred thousand over the past 40 years). These parents, grandparents, and children (children adopted across what are perceived as racial, ethnic and cultural boundaries) face a harder time than some other adoptions, since there is the added bonus of multiculturalism. Alperson's sourcebook is an excellent guide and a must read for anyone considering adoption or raising a multicultural family. As the adoptive mother of Sadie Zhenzhen Alperson, she speaks from experience. She tells the stories of strangers not thinking that her daughter and she are daughter and mother. She discusses the need to honor both the child's birth heritage and the new family's heritage, and seeking out mentors and role models (American, Chinese, and Jewish in Alperson's case). Speaking of religion, she also discusses the subject of religious practice and preferences in the new family.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Myra Alperson, a wonderful writer writer and the single mother of a daughter adopted from China, has finally written a book which addresses the issues and concerns of multicultural families. Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, helps guide adoptive parents and parents-to-be on the journey toward creating a family cross-culturally. If only I had had a books like this when I adopted my son 18 years ago!
In her book, Alperson looks at the importance of balancing birth culture and adoptive culture within the family, and shaping a multicultural home with traditions, and role models. As Alperson tells us, being a multicultural family is not just about acquiring multicultural books and other materials and going to cultural festivals. It is also about addressing our child's emotional and psychological needs as cross-culturally adopted children. It is not something, as Alperson says, that we celebrate on special occasions but is " a fact of our daily lives"
As one who has experienced cross-cultural single motherhood for nearly two decades, I know how long overdue this book is!
Lee Varon LICSW. Ph.D. Adopting On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
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This book is a valuable resource for all who are living in a multicultural family, or who want to create one. It focuses to a large extent on families with children adopted abroad. These families are multi-ethnic but not necessarily multi-cultural. It is a daunting task for a parent to try to teach a child about a cultural heritage that the parent does not share. "Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits" can help those families take that first step. It is also useful for families that are mixed-race or mixed-ethnicity by birth.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "zet2400" on July 23, 2001
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"Dim Sum" is an absolutely wonderful book for anyone who is thinking about adoption or who has adopted - internationally or domestically. It is also a wonderful resource for anyone (adoptive parent or not) who wants to help their children be proud of their heritage. With two children adopted internationally, my husband and I refer to it quite often for resources dealing with our childrens' heritage as well as issues related to adoption in general. Full of resources as well as advice and snipets of the author's own experiences, it is simply a wonderful resource and a great read!
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