On Autonomy: The Intersections of Ethnic Studies and Young Adult Literature

Sarah Park Dahlen

Recommended Reading List of Asian American Young Adult and Ethnic Studies Titles


Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused. Scholastic, 2002. 413p. $19.99. 978-0-439-35762-3.

Kim, Dong Hwa. The Color of Earth. Translated by Lauren Na. First Second, 2009. 320p. 978-1-59643-458-5.

_____. The Color of Water. Translated by Lauren Na. First Second, 2009. 320p. 978-1-59643-459-2.

_____. The Color of Heaven. Translated by Lauren Na. First Second, 2009. 320p. 978-1-59643-460-8.

Kim, Derek Kirk. Same Difference and Other Stories. Top Shelf Productions, 2004. 144p. 978-1-891830-57-0.

Lee, Marie. Saying Goodbye. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994. 240p. $16. 978-0-395-67066-8. VOYA June 1994.

Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 384p. $16.99. 978-0-399-16803-1.

Na, An. A Step from Heaven. Front Street, 2001. 160p. PLB $16.99. 978-1-4395-1677-5. VOYA June 2001. 4Q 4P M J

Oh, Ellen. Prophecy. HarperTeen, 2013. 320p. $17.99. 978-0-06-209109-3.

_____. Warrior. HarperTeen, 2013. 336p. $17.99. 978-0-06-209112-3.

_____. King. HarperTeen, 2014. 288p. $17.99. 978-0-06-209115-4.

Takaki, Ron. Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America. Seven Stories, 2012. 368p. $14.21. 978-1-60980-416-9.

Torres, J. and Elbert Orr. Lola: A Ghost Story. Oni, 2010. 112p. $14.95. 978-1-934964-33-0.

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. First Second, 2007. 240p. $10.99. 978-1-59643-373-1.

Yoo, Paula. Good Enough. HarperTeen, 2008. 336p. $7.99.  978-0-06-079090-5.


Davis, Rocío G. Begin Here: Reading Asian North American Autobiographies of Childhood. University of Hawaii Press, 2007. 284p. $44. 978-0-8248-3092-2.

Klein, Christine. Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961. University of California Press, 2003. 336p. $34.95. 978-0-520-23230-3.

Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. Simon & Schuster, 2015. 528p. $29.95. 978-1-4767-3940-3.

Lee, Jennifer. Civility in the City: Blacks, Jews, and Koreans in Urban America. Harvard University Press, 2002. $28.50. 978-0-674-01844-0.

Lowe, Lisa. Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics. Duke University Press, 1996. 272p. $23.95. 978-0-8223-1864-4.

Ngai, Mae N. Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America. Princeton University Press, 2003. 400p. $22.95. 978-0-691-16082-5.

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. Oxford University Press, 2002. 240p. 978-0-19-514700-1.

Ono, Kent A. and Vincent Pham. Asian Americans and the Media. Polity, 2009. 316p. $69.95. 978-0-7456-4273-4.

Park Nelson, Kim. Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism. Rutgers University Press, 2016. 248p. $25.95. 978-0-8135-7066-2

Sharma, Nitasha Tamar. Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness and Global Race Consciousness. Duke University Press, 2010. 368p. $23.95. 978-0-8223-4760-6.

Yuh, Ji-Yeon. Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America. New York University Press, 2002. 283p. $27. 978-0-8147-9699-3.

Dahlen headshotSarah Park Dahlen is an assistant professor of library and information science at St. Catherine University. She teaches courses on youth materials, youth library services, storytelling, and social justice, and researches adoption Koreans in children’s literature. Dahlen serves on the University of Minnesota Kerlan Friends Board (Children’s Literature Research Collection) and the ALSC Children and Libraries advisory committee. She co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading with Jamie Campbell Naidoo and the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly’s Special Issue on Orphanhood and Adoption in Children’s Literature with Lies Wesseling. sarahpark.com @readingspark

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