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 don’t like Gaston.
I love Princess Belle.
Okay, so what? I am like a lot of other little girls.
But I am also different.
But, I wonder if I don’t like/love them for the same reasons.
Besides trying to kill the beast, and thinking of Belle as an object here’s another reason why I don’t like Gaston.
“How can you read this?! There are no pictures!”
I love to read. I love when my mommy and daddy or my brother, George-y, reads to me. They read to me in Chinese, in English and in Japanese.
What an amazing world can be explored without even leaving home! I can only imagine how excited Belle must have been been when Beast let her have all the books in his library.
I love the library. My mommy and I go there often to look for books to read. And there are so many.
I have a book – By Cows Who Chew Lilies. It’s my first try. And I am sure I will get better.
But like daddy says, “You have to the first one before you can do the second one.” And the first one is done for me.
The first of many.
I never want to be like Gaston. I want to be more and more like Princess Belle.
But most of all … I want to be Mia.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.