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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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Growing up bi-culturally and bilingually … my advice

Growing up bi-culturally and bilingually … my advice

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. If you were not raised in America, then what are the chances that you experienced a bi-cultural lifestyle when growing up? As you go back in time, on this Gregorian calendar, you would realize that most people lived a conventional mono-cultural and monolingual way of life. One day, someone discovered a wheel which pioneered the…

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July Wedding Bells for Yao Ming & Ye Li

July Wedding Bells for Yao Ming & Ye Li

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. “Yao (Ming) puts the honor of playing for the nation in the first place and will obey the plans of the man’s national basketball team,” says Yao’s agent. Besides, his wife, Ye Li, is a basketball player on the women’s national team. She understands. Yup, I am sure she understands … for now. Wait for…

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Teaching a little girl to love to read | Mia’s Fantasy | Glass Slippers

Teaching a little girl to love to read | Mia’s Fantasy | Glass Slippers

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. —Glass Slippers— As the horse came close to Mia she could see behind the horse there was a pumpkin carriage.  And inside the carriage was a beautiful princess with a long blue silk dress, white gloves and glass slippers that looked like crystals! “She must be a princess!” thought Mia. The girl in the crystal…

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