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Author: Samantha

Cross-Cultural Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and The Fiery Furnace

Cross-Cultural Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and The Fiery Furnace

The Bible has many stories about its characters having to move, adjust and live in a foreign country. Perhaps these are the original cross-cultural pioneers. I am sure there are some things that Mia Mei could learn from them. I am guest writing here for Mia Mei. My home site is Diana Symons and I write about walking with God. There’s a story in the Bible about an army that came to conquer Israel and take all the people to…

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My personal bi-cultural experience adjusting from India to America

My personal bi-cultural experience adjusting from India to America

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 not been raised bilingually but have definitely been brought up in 2 countries – India and America. I came to America after getting my bachelors degree at the age of 24. I think that ‘brought up in’ a certain place has a scope until a certain age of up till 18. But I still believe that I…

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Some ideas about how to raise kids bi-culturally – the BANANA

Some ideas about how to raise kids bi-culturally – the BANANA

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. There is one specific word to describe those Asian kids raised in western culture: BANANA. It is a person with yellow skin but has a white-person’s heart. BANANA is not a good word; sometimes it’s kind of rude. I don’t like it and I don’t like to simply categorize people by some simple codes. But…

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Raising Kids Bilingually and Bi-culturally in Ethiopia and America

Raising Kids Bilingually and Bi-culturally in Ethiopia and America

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 am originally from Ethiopia, East Africa.  I want my kids to know the main language and also the culture.   I have cousins here,  4- and 8-years old.  They have no idea about Ethiopia.  And it makes me so sad to see that.  I wish their parents can talk to them in Ethiopian language,  at…

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