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Where do I belong? Bilingual. Bi-cultural. Turbulence!

Where do I belong? Bilingual. Bi-cultural. Turbulence!

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.

Abashment.. addling.. befuddlement… bemusement.. blurring… Commotion… confounding..  discomfiting… dumbfounding.. embroiling, flap,  lather, mixup mystification, obscuring, perplexing,…perturbation.. pother… puzzlement.. stew… stirring up.. tangling… or in simple words – CONFUSION…!!! is all that comes to my mind when I think about the topic I am going to write about.

Yes… trust me, I had to look up synonyms from the dictionary for the word confusion in order to better describe my thoughts and put it across in any possible way for anyone to understand my situation.

no boundaries...
no boundaries…

I am from India and and we believe in arranged marriages culturally so the question of inter-cultural or inter-national marriages is totally taboo to me. At least it was… until I moved to the United States of America.

Since America is so multi-cultural and welcomes people of all and any nationality and race, it has become a meeting ground for people of different ethnicities who fall in love and raise families together.

I was in love once with a girl from the States once. It did not work out for its own reasons. Neither of us were to be blamed.

Maybe we weren’t strong enough or MAYBE THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCE CAUSED IT. I don’t know.

I want to believe so though. She was half Korean and half white. Her mom was Korean and her dad was white. Imagine if we had kids, they would’ve been quarter Korean, quarter white and half Indian and CONFUSED…!!

bi-cultural relationships
bi-cultural relationships

We were living together. We had a ton of differences big and small to cope with and compromise on. All those little things that were completely fine in her culture and the way she was brought up but what were a complete NO NO in my culture.

The food, the common language barrier, the dressing sense, the habits, friends, activities … everything was different.. in a good and bad way.,.!!

I see a lot of successful couples and I salute them because I can tell you, it is not easy. But if they did it is because they put in the effort, which i should’ve too.

But I didn’t.

Personally I think the equation gets more complicated when they have kids who start wondering and questioning their roots and belonging, something which might lead them to a very unclear and dangerous path as they grow up.

I think both parents should instill both cultures and expose the children to the blend of both the histories and let them decide which side they wanna take instead of rubbing upon them what they want them to believe. After all, love knows no boundaries.

Then why create them?

Love is in the air people. Don’t hold yourself back. If it is meant to happen, it will happen no matter what. The whole universe will conspire to get you what you deserve.

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China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa Invited to G-8 Summit

China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa Invited to G-8 Summit

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.

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Meeting

The Summit of Group of Eight industrializes nations, G8 Summit for short is meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8.

Five other countries major developing countries have been invited. They are:

1. China,

2. India,

3. Brazil,

4. Mexico and

5. South Africa

These countries and the G-8 Group, Britain, Germany, Italy, United States, Russia, Japan, France and Canada will discuss five themes:

1. climate policy,

2. fuel energy,

3. intellectual property right (IPR) protection,

4. investment liberalization and

5. the development of Africa,

The weather and Africa are being given priority.

China’s President Hu will be attending his fourth summit and will get to elaborate on China’s position regarding global warming.

Prior to President Hu’s visit, the Chinese government released a position paper for the G8 meetings.

On Africa….

“China and African countries have had a very friendly, brotherly partnership since the establishment of New China, since the 1950s, and that has continued up to now.”

On the Climate –

“China’s population is one-fifth of the global population, which means one out of five of the world’s people affected by climate change will be in China.

“That is why the Chinese government takes this issue very seriously… We need to base our development on energy that is secure and sustainable.”

 

 

Perhaps it is just a matter of time before China gets to join this group, no?

 

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Chinese Students in America Reach Record Numbers | But They Still Can’t Beat Me

Chinese Students in America Reach Record Numbers | But They Still Can’t Beat Me

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.

Chinese Americans
Chinese Americans

The Chinese are coming to America in record numbers.

There are almost twice as many international students coming to America now as when my mommy came just over 10 years ago.

There were 235,000 students from China last year out of 819,000 total. The percentage of Chinese students is up 20%.

And what do they study?

About 1/3 of them study business and management.

Where’s the number one destination?

University of Southern California.

How much are they spending?

Overall, the international students are spending a whopping $24,000,000,000!

That’s a lot of zeroes!

Other top destinations:

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

New York University

Columbia University in New York.

Lots and lots of these people are going to stay after school. Get married. Have kids. And make lots and lots more Chinese-American kids.

And some of them kids are likely to be in college the same time as I am … or almost. IF there are still colleges around. Who knows?

Education is changing. These days you can learn just about anything by watching Youtube or reading Wikipedia. You just have to verify your sources and check the references.

Daddy taught me that. He’s a teacher. He knows those things.

Other countries are sending lots of students, too – India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Yup… lots and lots of Indians in my neighborhood. And Samsung is building a giant new office right down the street.

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

 

Weekly Bible Memory Verse at Canterbury Christian School – Hebrews 4: 12 – 13

Weekly Bible Memory Verse at Canterbury Christian School – Hebrews 4: 12 – 13

God Always Loves Me
God Always Loves Me

I go to Canterbury Christian School in Los Altos, CA.

Bible Memorization is Important

At my school, we are required memorize Bible verses each week. Each year it gets harder and harder. I am in the 4th grade. Following is this week’s verse.

It is my first one as a 4th grader!

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any two double – edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we have to give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13

This is the New International Version. We memorize the King James Version.  I like the King James Version better because it is easier to remember and it can be more colorful.

What I think about this verse

I like this verse because it reminds me that I can know God is with me and watching me all the time. I will always be His child. And He has given me His Word so I can know what He wants from me. Amen.