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- Sherry Garland's Shadow of the Dragon (1993) is the story of Danny Vo, a high school sophomore trying to resolve the conflict between his Vietnamese refugee family's values and his new American way of life.
- Kadohata's first novel, The Floating World (1989), is a young girl's story of her family's travels across the United States in search of work. The experiences of Japanese Americans in the 1950s are the principal focus of this book.
- Finding My Voice (1992), by Marie G. Lee, focuses on Ellen, a young woman who is growing up in a small Minnesota town. Her Korean parents pressure her to go to Harvard, while her classmates and some teachers create pressure with their racism, both subtle and overt. Ellen must learn to cope with these challenges.
- Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die (1984) also deals with the death of an older sister and a younger sibling's struggle to cope with the situation.
- Allen Say's Grandfather's Journey (1993) won the 1994 Caldecott Award. In this novel, a Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America and explores the feeling of being torn between two countries.
- Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (1989) is the story of eight Chinese women. Four are mothers, each forced to leave China for a different reason; the other four are their daughters, each of whom faces a different set of problems in her everyday life. Each chapter is presented from a different woman's point of view. The most important character is Jing Mei "June" Woo, the daughter of the woman who started the Joy Luck Club. She is asked to join the club and play mah jong with her adoptive aunts after her mother dies.
- Child of the Owl (1977), by Laurence Yep, is the story of a young girl named Casey, who has lived on the road with her gambling father. She is eventually forced to move in with her grandmother in Chinatown. Although she is Chinese American, she knows nothing about her Chinese heritage, and her grandmother begins to teach her about the Chinese culture and way of life. Casey learns about Chinese culture, her dead mother's life, and her own personal history.
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