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The Roots of One of My Heroes are in the Ballad of Hua Mulan

The Roots of One of My Heroes are in the Ballad of Hua Mulan

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.

Daddy drives me to school every morning. It’s okay. Because I drive him sometimes, too. Crazy. He he he.

This morning I woke up hungry. I couldn’t help it. My belly made me do it. (Wake up!)

Ode to - Ballad of Mulan
Ode to – Ballad of Mulan

Problem was, when my belly got up it was still dark outside. I went to get mommy up and she said, “uhhh…”

Daddy said, “I will get you something.”

Daddy likes to eat and he knows what I like. Shantilly lace and a pretty face and a pony tail and … Sorry.

And sometimes he surprises me with something new, too!

Almost every morning, except when my daddy is somewhere else in the world – Bangkok, Vanilla (Ed. Manila), Phoenix, Carrots and beans (Ed. Carribbean) daddy I go to the park to play.

This morning it was too early so we snuggled on the couch and daddy looked up some information on one of my heroes. Mulan!

We do that sometimes – get on his baby phone and look up where Disney got his ideas for the princesses.  For example Princess Belle. And today was Mulan’s turn. You can get the Mulan video cheap!

Come to find out, she may or may not, probably wasn’t a real person. The idea came from a poem about her. But she was gone from home longer in the poem than she was in the movie.

I didn’t understand everything about the poem. But I did know the Yellow River. I learned about that in my bilingual Chinese-English school!!

It really is fun to learn!

Thanks, Daddy!

*From: The Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady: Interpretations of Chinese Poetry
By Han H. Frankel, Yale University Press, 1976.

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

 

Amazing Grace | Reverse Culture Shock | Whiny Music

Amazing Grace | Reverse Culture Shock | Whiny Music

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.

Reverse Culture Shock
Reverse Culture Shock

The people at Panera are in need of some Amazing Grace.

Or, make no mistake, my daddy is suffering from reverse culture shock.

There is an, ahem, song that is played twice a day at Panera that daddy says has the purpose of pushing people out the door.

They should use an announcement –

“You have been here long enough. We don’t want you here any more. Please leave now or you will be annoyed to tears by this song.”

It’s a girl, he thinks, that goes, (this will be terribly difficult to spell) – uohh, uohh, uohh … over and over again and again and again. 37 times she repeats that 3-sound phrase.

My calculator says – 3 x 37 = 111 times she says ‘uohh’ and nothing else. Then it fades out with the effect of sticking in your head … until you leave the coffee shop and replace it with something, anything from music on your Pandora account.

Great song for getting rid of people. But is it music? Do people tap their feet to it? Do they sing along with it when they do NOT have a belly ache?

If it’s not reverse culture shock, there is definitely a generation gap and daddy is on the other side somewhere.

Daddy asks, “When did music not become music?”

Come to think of it, his daddy used to ask him the same thing.

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

 

California Supreme Court votes to overturn ban on gay marriage again

California Supreme Court votes to overturn ban on gay marriage again

 

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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California Supreme Court to weigh gay marriage case again.

The California Supreme Court will vote on whether to overturn the ban on gay marriage…again.

It seems to me that it is unreasonable for any four people to tell 30 million other people what they think. Oh, and I do see four people wanting to overturn the people’s choice….again. What’s up with that?

First off…it is hard to ban something that never existed. There needs to be the right to do something before there can be a ban against it.

In any event, this time around four people will decide whether or not they can tell the majority of Californians who have already voted what they really should think. There is something wrong with this picture.

I don’t think same-sex unions should be called marriage. I don’t think four people should have the power to overturn or even validate for that matter what 52% of voters in California already have decided.

Four people should not have the power to decide that 18,000 people who already think they have a union that they really don’t. Four people should not have allowed those people to think they were ever in such a union called marriage in the first place.

Four people telling 30 million people what they (the 30 million) think is right and wrong. Something is indeed wrong with this picture.

I suppose that had Proposition 8 not passed and those that did not want gays to have the right to marriage been defeated and the proponents of Prop 8 continued to speak out, the proponents would be called “Sore losers” or worse. Who are the sore losers now?

For more info: News > Special Reports > Same-Sex Marriage,

California Supreme Court to weigh gay marriage case again

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

Disney Descendants 2 – What’s My Name? Mia’s Review

Disney Descendants 2 – What’s My Name? Mia’s Review

The setting for this song is on The Isle of the Lost, in Ursula’s Fish and Chips in the movie Descendants 2.

Uma is singing this song. ( AKA China Anne Mcclain). Uma is Ursula’s daughter. Ursula, of course, is the sister of King Titan in the Little Mermaid.

Here are some other songs that China Mcclain sings.

  • The Great Divide from Tinker Bell
  • Good is the New Bad from Descendants
  • It’s Going Down

Thomas Doherty appears in the video as Harry Hook, the son of Captain Hook

Dylan Playfair appears as Gil, the son of Gaston.

The Plot of Descendants 2

Mal, daughter of Malificent is struggling with a princess – like life.

She feels like she does not fit in.

On the other hand, Uma wants to take over Audron.

Mia’s Review of What’s My Name

I think that this song is really cool and fun to sing.  And if I don’t watch myself, I’ll be dancing along, too!

But don’t worry dear readers. I know my name.