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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.



I have been to Hong Kong and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to live in a city of 6 million plus in such a small land area. I reckon that is the somewhat ‘country boy’ in me coming out.

Still, many many Chinese mainlanders want to move to Hong Kong…despite the 2 to 3 year-long waiting list down from twice that not long ago.

Why would people want to move to Hong Kong from the mainland.

1. Hong Kong is now 100% Chinese

2. Hong Kong is very international

3. Hong Kong is very liberal

4. Hong Kong is a mixed salad of cultures

5. Hong Kong is a bit like England or America with a lot more Chinese culture

Four of every 10 marriages in Hong Kong now involve Chinese mainlanders.

In 2004, 147 million passenger trips were made between neighboring Shenzhen and Hong Kong alone.

Still…unofficial figures say that hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers are moving out of the hectic city lifestyle to enter another hectic city lifestyle…Shanghai, Beijing or….

Why…because Chinese mainland cities have caught up fast.

Which do you like more, the big city or the country?

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

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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  • I grew up on a farm and moved to the big city of Toronto at the first opportunity. The city just has so much more to offer someone like me – young with disposable income and a desire to experience all the cultural and other events in a city.

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