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.
Daddy says that people too often have to be pushed to do something new. Usually it is some unfortunate happening that causes this to happen. People get inspired when everything is falling apart around them, not when all is well.
That seems to be the case with Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney and his brother Roy had a falling out with the studios in New York. Disney was on a cross-country train heading home from Manhattan to Hollywood. It was on that train ride that, “He (Mickey Mouse) popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad.”
Who gets the inspiration that they can get the world to fall in love with a mouse? I mean, who loves mice?
Still it was at a low ebb in Walt Disney’s life he got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse.
The whole story makes you sort of wish that things would go all wrong from time to time, just so you can regroup, pull out of yourself the ideas that are hidden in the corners of your heart and mind and see where they will go, where they will take you.
What if the talks in New York had gone different for Walt and Roy Disney? How things would be different now, eh?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.