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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.


National Hero

Chen Jin was a national hero in China.

After going to America and receiving a PhD. from University of Texas-Austin (they were pretty proud of him, too), Chen returned to China and oversaw a lab of 100 researchers.

In 2003 he claimed to have created the country’s first home-grown digital signal processing computer chip – used in mobile phones, cameras and such.

Now it has been learned that he stole his chip designs from a foreign country.

Chen has not admitted to the wrongdoing according to the report I read.

But…blame is flying all around.

China and in this case Shanghai, too are putting tremendous pressure on their scientists to create their own chips. The government has made this a priority – a matter of honor – that sort of thing.

The fakery is a HUGE (emphasis on HUGE) embarrassment to the country which is doing its best to encourage talented scientists to come home.

Uh…I understand the honor thing, (especially in Asian countries) the embarrassment, the criminal act perhaps of Chen. But, I wonder if it should be called a national embarrassment.

I mean, we in the US had a president who, uhm…well, nevermind. His actions didn’t change my life. Why should Chen’s actions change what we think about the average Chinese and the ambitions of great cities like Shanghai and the country as a whole?

I still have great respect for the serious hard workers and dreamers in China.

How about you?

What do you think?

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

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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  • Honghai says:

    cannot agree with you. I have to admit, there are people like Chenjin in China, and there are such people in USA, or other countries as well. I think you can figure the examples.

    So when you want to give such a big hat to the whole China, please do give enough exact proof, and not just guess.

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