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.
Bi Cultural dads come in a variety of packages, that’s right when east meets west there are bound to be exciting times and challenges. Every human being is being conditioned by the society and brain washed to a certain extent. All of our beliefs, attitudes and personality is dependent on our upbringing and the social dynamics involved. When two opposite cultures unite there need to be a common ground established otherwise the situation can rapidly decay within a short span of time.
When people from two different culture come together they need to be sensitive about the other culture, dos and don’ts and if people develop this background knowledge it is immensely helpful for the family and kids. They must try to look for ways to connect and hit that common ground in terms of love, values, language in order to set these vital basics right for the relationship to tick. If this family has a clear plan on the future course of action kids can immensely benefit from the wealth of knowledge and diversity that these parents bring to the table where as a slight conflict can have a multiplier effect and can send the situation into chaos, mistrust and uncertainty.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.