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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.

It’s hard enough to grow up once.

What!? Are my parents crazy?

They want me to grow up twice. And at the same time!  Something they say is by call chew lilies. (Ed: bi-culturally).

Made in USA with Chinese Parts

Made In USA with Chinese Parts

It’s not enough that I need Ed to check every word that I use with more than 2 silly labels (Ed: syllables). My parents want me to learn every word in two languages! By the way. What’s a language anyway?

And sometimes my daddy reads to me in a some funny words that sounds like papalapa. But the pictures are good. I’ll give him that.

And if learning how to say everything in two languages weren’t enough, I got to learn how to eat everything in two languages, too!

Gosh, how does a girl get what she wants to eat or drink when the big people around her don’t know what she is asking for?

Ju-ju! Nilk!  Stop looking at me like that! My daddy knows what they are. And where is he when I need him anyway?

And like friends! I mean like, how can a girl like make friends when nobody like understands like what I am saying? I’ll like never get a boyfriend this way. And why does my daddy smile when I say that!?

My big brothers are bye bye call chewie (Ed: bi-cultural) and they say it is worth it. Maybe so. Ask me in 20 years.

For now can someone just put a deebeedee (Ed: DVD) in that I can understand?!

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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