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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 daddy is pretty old. He’s older than all my friend’s daddies. He’s old enough to be the daddy of some of my friend’s daddies.

But he is not as old as Ye Xian – the Chinese Cinderella.


Ye Xian, China’s Cinderella – Magical Fish and the Golden Slippers

Ye Xian was hardworking and beautiful. Sound familiar?

And she became friends with a fish … who was really her mother who had died but was in a car nation. (Ed. reincarnated.) That’s kind of like she used to be her mother but now she’s not a fish. I am pretty sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen, but sometimes I see people talking to their dogs like they are people. So maybe …

Ye Xian’s mother was killed by Ye Xian’s stepmother and the stepmother’s sister. Step moms have a bad re potatoe. (Ed. reputation). But it makes for a good story.

Ye Xian gets the bones of her mother, yuck! but good story telling. And the bones are magic. The bones help her make a dress for the New Year’s Festival.

She runs away from the New Year’s Festival after her step family sees her. While she runs away she loses her slipper.

A King from another country finds it, then finds her and they live happily ever after.

Yup, sure sounds familiar, doesn’t it.

Herschelian tells a longer version of the Ye Xian, – “A Magical Fish and Golden Slippers” story.  I recommend you have a read there.

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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