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Experiences I have growing up bi-culturally

Experiences I have growing up bi-culturally

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 was born in Challapalli, a small village near our district headquarters. At a small age I was sent to my aunts house in the city. My aunt and uncle along with their son lived in Vijayawada.   My aunt is a very exceptional person. Unlike my family, my aunt was strict. She believes that irrespective…

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Raising kids bilingually, bi-culturally, or first-hand Indian – American experiences

Raising kids bilingually, bi-culturally, or first-hand Indian – American experiences

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 raising one bilingual kid. We speak several Indian languages at home. We picked up and moved 13 years ago and since then, raising kids in a bilingual fashion is more or less a lifestyle.  We don’t see it is an issue anymore. The kids speak English fluently as they were born here but…

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Raising Kids Bilingually in the U.S. and speaking 4 languages

Raising Kids Bilingually in the U.S. and speaking 4 languages

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. As a child, when I saw the movie East is East I couldn’t fully understand very well why George, the Pakistani immigrant father in England couldn’t understand his British-born children.  The family looked hopelessly dysfunctional.  The children were lost somewhere between the modern world and traditional roots, unsure of their identities and where they belong…

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My Daddy Speaks in Vanilla and Sings in the Pouring Rain

My Daddy Speaks in Vanilla and Sings in the Pouring Rain

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. My daddy gets around. He’s also round.  He he he. Mommy tells him, “Get in shape!” “Round is a shape,” daddy shoots back. Doesn’t matter to me. He’s my daddy. Last week daddy disappeared. He said he went to vanilla. (Ed: Manila). And he brought back some chocolate. Not. He did bring me a really…

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