A motivated heart and good
will help make your adoption journey
just a little easier.
When I first began AdoptKorea, there wasn't a lot of easy-to-find information
about adoption in general and adopting from Korea in particular. Today, you can
pop just about any title into Amazon and find it. So rather than just provide a
laundry list of titles, I've grouped several of my personal recommendations by topic and made them
easier to buy below.
of the Morning Calm:Korean Culture Then and Now, John Stickler
-- Handsomely produced picture book about Korean culture and traditions, past
and present. An excellent introduction that children 7-12 will really enjoy.
My Child's Korean Origins, Han and Spencer, Children's Home Society
of Minnesota - A marvelous guide that will offer tremendous help to new
parents seeking information and understanding of their children's cultures
and traditions. A must!
O-Young Lee, Translated from the Korean by John Holstein - This is a marvelously written
guide to traditional life in Korea that is both beautiful and accessible. Written by a
former Korean Minister of Culture, Things Korean presents a survey of native objects from
Korea and explains their development, historical significance, and place in everyday
Korean life. The photography is stunning and the narrative is informative, with a sly
sense of humor. A must for your Korean culture shelf!
About Korea, Hollym International Staff - Concise overview of the people,
history, culture, customs, and other aspects of Korean life.
The Art of Korean Clothing, Sunny Yang - a beautiful coffee table book about
the history of Korean dress, its meaning, culture, symbolism, and more. This book is a
Beauty of Korea, Suh Jai-Sik - A gorgeous photographic journey into the heart
of our children's homeland. You can read and reread this lovely volume over and over again
as a visual introduction to the people and culture of Korea for your children and
Introduction to Korean Culture, John H. Koo, Andrew C. Nahm - One of the most
comprehensive guides to Korean culture, language, politics, folk beliefs, literature,
poetry, etc. available.
Shock! Korea:A Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Sonja
Vegdahl Hur and Ben Seunghwa Hur -- Part of a series of travel books, I found this a fun,
breezy and informative read. I learned a lot from this one! Whether you travel to Korea to
pick up your child or not, I'd add this to your cultural library.