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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.

Carla McMillian is the first Asian-American judge in Georgia.

She was also the first lawyer in her family.

Her grandparents came to Augusta, GA in the late 1800’s from China and went to work to help build the Augusta Canal.

Augusta Canal

Augusta Canal

Makes us wonder again how much of the US was built on the back of Chinese labor. And how much Chinese labor still provides for the US in the way of products.

Word got out via her grandparents and other workers that Augusta was a good place to live … and the rest is history = Chinese community grew in the area.

McMillian (Not her Chinese maiden name) said she wants to set a good example for her 2 kids.

Related: Ed Wang, First Chinese-American to play in NFL

That’s the part I like. If my mommy and daddy want me to do something, be something … the best way is to show me.

I hear my daddy when he gives other young parents advice, “What would you tell your kids to do if they were in your shoes? Do that.”

Words will only go so far. Actions go a very long way.

I wonder if her kids ask, “Mommy can you decide which one of us should … ?”

Unlike Jesus, she cannot say, “Who appointed me judge over you?”

Her next goal … to be voted a judge by the State of Georgia.

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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