Resources for Bicultural Families


tyle="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">These books offer deepened understanding and advice for parents raising children in bicultural families.

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• Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men, by Nancy Brown Diggs, State University of New York Press, 2001.

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• Family in Transition, 12th edition, edited by Arlene and Jerome Skolnick, Allyn & Bacon, 2002.

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• Intercultural Marriage: Promises & Pitfalls, by Dugan Romano, Intercultural Press, 2001.

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• Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic and Interfaith Relationships, by Joel Crohn, Ballantine Books, 1995.

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Books for Children

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There are many books for children that deal with specific ethnic heritages. These will appeal to children no matter what their cultural makeup.

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• A Real American, by Richard Easton, Clarion Books, 2002.

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• Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, by Judy Blume, Dell Publishing, 1970.

• Black, White, Just Right!, by Marguerite W. Davol, Albert Whitman & Company, 1993.

• Kim/Kimi, by Hadley Irwin, M.K. McElderry Books, 1987.

• People, by Peter Spier, Doubleday, 1988.


Fiction/Memoirs for Adults

These stories offer insights from the perspective of people of mixed ethnicity.

• Caucasia, by Danzy Senna, Riverhead Books, 1998.

• The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride, Riverhead Books, 1996.

• Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures, by Kyoko Mori, Fawcett Books, 1999.

• Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, by David Mura, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1991.



• StarFestival
– This multimedia K-12 curriculum about Japan and issues of cultural identity features an interactive CD-ROM and teacher’s guide.

See the complete contents of Bicultural Families:

Part 1: Meeting the Challenges of Raising Children With Two Cultures

Part 2: Helping Kids Embrace Both Cultures

Part 3: Stages of Cultural Identity

Part 4: How Bicultural Families Make It Work