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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.

My mommy likes John Denver. Daddy, too. But daddy is not Chinese. He’s made in USA. Mommy is made in China.

Mommy said Chinese really liked John Denver when he first came to China a hundred years ago when she was a little girl.

“John Denver is easy to understand. And he doesn’t only sing love songs. He sings about mountains, and hills and country sides and stuff. Chinese really like that. They sing about those kinds of things, too.”

Daddy grew up listening to the 60’s music. He says it because that’s what his older brothers and sisters listened to. Truth is. He grew up in the 60’s.

During that time, everybody wrote love songs. I fell in love. I fell out of love. She came. He left. Love song, love song. Boring.

Pop music, rock music, country music. All love songs.

Daddy said that if you play a country music song backwards, your house will come back down from out of the sky, your dog will come back to life and your wife will come back to you.” Maybe she was at the store.

There’s more to sing about then love songs for sure.

Stars and letters and sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere.

What kind of songs do you like?

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

Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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