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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.

The biggest lesson I learned from My dad, is to be stubborn with your passion, like, writing.

My father is a writer.

He was the chief editor of several magazines before he retired. Right now, he is just a writer, a full time writer.

To be honest, editor is a pretty decent job with a good pay, but all he loves, is writing. Even when he is the chief editor leading more than 20 journalists, he still want to conduct some interviews and write some articles on his own.

His soldiers consider my father as a democratic and dedicated boss, so that they all love him very much.

My father might be a really nice boss, but I know the biggest reason he is writing so many articles is because he is fascinated with writing.

And he is definitely a splendid writer, not just concluded by my biased daughter-to-father worship.His previous book has ranked as the best seller for more than half year, and a radio station bought his copyright to read his book in their most popular program. At the end of last year, the TV series based on his novel has began shooting.

Under his influence, I fell in love with writing since I was just a little girl. I keep writing diaries for more than 18 years. I wrote my first diary since I was 7 years old, when I really have not learned that much words.

I still remember that day I broke into my dad’s room. I was so proud of my 5-sentence article that I almost cried to my father, who sitting in front of his desk, writing a 2000-words social criticism article.

“Dad! I did it! I wrote an article!”

“Really? Marvelous! Come and read it to me!”

So I read out my diary loudly. It was actually super boring, I recorded a girl’s talk between my best friend and me.

But my dad’s face looked exactly like he was astonished by my talent.

“You know what? You are much more gifted than me!”

“So am I going to be a good writer as you are?”

“Of course! All you need to do is keep writing, my princess.”

I did follow his instruction. I started writing every day, literally. This is actually not that hard, because my dad is also writing every day.

At first, I just wrote about my plain daily life without any writing technique. Then my composite essays has been praised by my teachers. They read my essay during the class as a model and they all call me an excellent writer.

So here am I, still keep writing every day. I wrote a travel blog, Travel Around the World in 80 Seconds, for my business and it brings many traffic to my company’s web site.

You see, fathers are always our best source of discovering and learning. What is your lesson learned from your dad?

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

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.


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