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.

This is a problem for me.

I speak Chinese and I speak English.

I sing in Chinese and I sing in English.

I love to go to church in Chinese and I love to go in English.

My mommy likes to go to Chinese church because that is where all of her friends are.

Yup, you guessed it. My daddy likes to go to English church because that’s where his friends are.

Daddy also says, “Whenever I go to the English worship at a Chinese church, the average age of the group will jump by several points. I am older than 2, 3 and sometimes 4 of the other people who are present.”

I don’ t know if it’s because my daddy is old or because all the kids in the English worship at Chinese church are young … or both.

But we have to decide. Chinese church or English church. And it’s hard.

When we have really hard decisions, me and mommy look at daddy.

Daddy will decide and mommy will change it if she doesn’t like it. 8-)!

But daddy will always make a decision that gives us a starting point.

Daddy decided we will go to Chinese church. That way Mommy can learn in her heart language and I can learn in one of my heart languages.

Daddy has been around the church for a while and he says he doesn’t mind giving us a turn to learn.

Daddies are like that. They let mommies and little girls go first.

I wonder if he learned how to do that in church.

Watch my Daddy’s 12-step plan for a start up according to Jesus.

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

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