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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...

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