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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.

Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

My daddy is learning to like people again.

Learning to like people is something he wants to do as a result of a Bible study he is in with his friends. They were reading What’s so Amazing about Grace.

It’s also a good thing to like people.

Daddy is American. He thinks he needs to learn to like people here in America again because they are so different than what he remembers. He might still be going through reverse culture shock.

In Japan, everybody always uses their turn signal when driving. It might be part of the ‘polite society’ reputation the Japanese have.

In America, daddy says, nobody has any idea what that lever on the left side of their steering column is for. Policemen don’t even know … says daddy.

But, believe it or not, today daddy said he saw a woman sitting at a stop light in front of him and she had her turn signal on.

“Wow! A turn signal! I can’t believe it. This woman in front of me has her RIGHT turn signal on.”

The light changed …

And she turned LEFT. All the while her right turn signal continued to flash.

That must be why some, most? people in America don’t use their turn signals They haven’t learned their left from their right.

Another person in need of some amazing grace.

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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