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An informed, comprehensive guide to raising a multicultural family.

How many times do you celebrate the New Year at home? Just once? If your family is Jewish, Chinese, and a few other things besides, you might celebrate twice or even three times a year! As the rate of cross-cultural adoption grows in the United States, new traditions are emerging. These are part of a new multiculturalism which, with its attendant joys and challenges, has become a fact of life in urban, suburban and even rural America. Alperson's sourcebook offers families the first complete guide to the tangled questions that surround this important phenomenon. As the adoptive Jewish mother of Sadie, her Chinese-born daughter, Alperson is able to offer personal as well as professional insight into such topics as combining cultures in the home, confronting prejudice, and developing role models. Focusing on adoptive families - international and transracial adoption in the United States has jumped in recent years - she provides guidelines on how families can prepare for their exciting journey toward becoming a multicultural family.

In addition to drawing on extensive interviews with such families, her book includes a wealth of on-line and "conventional" resources to find books, food products, toys, clothing, discussion groups and heritage camps that help families to enhance their lives as they build a multicultural home.

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Alperson's sourcebook to multiculturalism offers families the first complete guide to the tangled questions that surround this important phenomenon. As an adoptive mother, Alperson focuses on adoptive families, and provides guidelines on how families can prepare for their exciting journey toward becoming multicultural.

About the Author

Myra Alperson is a New York-based writer whose books include The International Adoption Handbook, about which Booklist wrote, "her advice and counsel are heartfelt, simply stated, and specific. She is the adoptive mother of Sadie Zhenzhen Alperson.

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Book Dads, November 13, 2009 (view all comments by Book Dads)
As more families adopt across racial, ethnic, national and cultural lines, the number of multicultural families has been steadily increasing. Being part of such an adoptive multicultural family carries its own unique joys, but also its own unique set of challenges. There are challenges within the multicultural family, such as reconciling the need to honor a child’s birth heritage with the culture of their new adoptive family. And there are challenges outside the family as well, such as dealing with misperceptions and racism. Dim Sum, Bagels and Grits provides a good starting point for families who are learning to address these challenges, as well as resources for moving forward through what can be an ongoing process throughout a child’s life and into adulthood.

Myra Alperson is the Jewish-American mother of an adopted Chinese daughter, and she writes primarily from the perspective of the adoptive parent of an Asian child. However, her perspective is valuable not only to other parents of Asian children, but also universally applicable to the situations that all multicultural adoptive families face. She also devotes space throughout the book to specific scenarios involving other cultural groups, such as Eastern European children, African-American children, and others. In the first section of the book, “We Are Family”, Alperson discusses factors affecting each family’s individual journey towards becoming multicultural. In the following section, “Moving Forward”, she focuses on the aspects of building a multicultural home as well as finding support within the larger community. The book’s third section, “Meeting Challenges”, grapples with some of the most difficult issues for multicultural families, especially confronting both covert and overt prejudice (not only anti-ethnic but also anti-adoptive as well). She also examines at length the subtle and sometimes painful challenge of helping a child come to their own accommodation with their multicultural identity.

Dim Sum is meant as a sourcebook for multicultural families, and the entire final third of the book is devoted to a listing of resources for adoptive families across the multicultural spectrum although since it was published in 2001 much of this information may now be out of date. This book is a good resource for prospective parents who are considering multicultural adoption, and will serve to raise awareness of many aspects of this issue that should be considered and discussed before parents move forward with the adoption process. Even established multicultural families will find helpful advice here from a parent who is part of their own community, as well as the reassurance that they are far from alone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374526115
Author:
Alperson, Myra
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Intercountry adoption
Subject:
Multiculturalism
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Interracial adoption
Subject:
Ethnicity in children.
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Adoption & Fostering
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Adoption and Foster Care
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
First
Series Volume:
104-14
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.652 in

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