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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.


Fortune Telling

1. 福 – Blessing, Good Fortune, Good Luck

Fu is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in Chinese New Year. It is often posted upside down on the front door of a house or an apartment. The upside down fu means good luck came since the character for upsite down in Chinese sounds the same as the character for came.


2. 禄 – Prosperity

It used to mean official’s salary in feudal China. Fengshui is believed to be the Chinese way to health, wealth and happiness. If you are interested in Fengshui, you may check out the book ‘The Feng Shui Kit.’

3. 寿 – Longevity

Shou also means life, age or birthday.


4. 喜 – Happiness

Double happiness is usually posted everywhere on Chinese weddings.

5. 财 – Wealth, money

Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. It is to say money really can do a lot of things.

6. 和  – Harmonious

‘People harmony’ is an important part of Chinese culture. When you have harmonious relations with others, things will be a lot easier for you.

7.  爱 – Love, affection

Don’t need to say any more about this one. Just want to point out ai is often used with ‘mianzi’ together. Aimianzi means ‘be concerned about one’s face-saving.’


8. 美 – Beautiful, pretty

The United States of American is called Mei Guo in the short form. Guo means country so Meiguo is a good name.


9. 吉 – Lucky, auspicious, propitious

Hope all is well.


10. 德 – Virtue, moral

De means virtue, moral, heart, mind, and kindness, etc. It is also used in the name for Germany, i.e., De Guo.



Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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  • Renate says:

    would help if the pictures appear so this website isnt helpful

  • Nilda says:

    I think that there should be no shoes or slippers lying around outside the main door of your house. Remove it if you can. Allow that space at the main door to be free and clear. The chi (energy) rides with the wind and will collect all the smell of those shoes and slippers into your house causing sickness. In Feng Shui, Ch’i then travels about in your house looking for water to stay if there are no water fountains or fish tanks, then the Ch’i will be dispersed by wind.

    Bye, Nilda

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