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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 know one word in every language in the world.

My daddy taught me.

Baikin Man

My daddy is pretty smart, I think. I mean my mommy calls him smart alex (Ed: aleck) all the time.

He has been to a bunch of places. On all sides of the big blue ball. He speaks Japanese – “ha hi hu he ho!” – like Baikin Man, and Chinese and Russian, and he learned Greek and Hebrew at university and German in high school and even speaks English sometimes.

The big blue ball

So I guess he knows stuff about how to stay stuff.

He taught me a word that everybody everywhere can understand. And I practice it sometimes, too. And it works with my friends at pre-school who are Chinese, Korean, German, Spanish and, and I am sure there are more places but I am lucky I know that many for now.

The word?








“It’s the same everywhere,” says my daddy. When people cry they all sound the same.

Oh, and smiles are you knee purses, too! (Ed: universal) I practice them a lot as well.

I can tell you a 3-year old’s secret. Both cries and smiles will get you kisses. But the smiley kisses taste better.

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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