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 reads really fat books. Maybe it’s because he is f …. (Ed. Mia!)
He just finished reading Walt Disney. <= click to read.
Good books means good stories
When daddy reads books, he brings me stories. Sometimes he brings me chicken nuggets, too. (Ed. nuggets of insight)
I really like chicken nuggets. And dinosaur chickens. and Mickey Mouse chickens and and ….
Daddy says he like to learn from other people who did super cool things.
I like to learn from my daddy.
Walt Disney had pie on his knees. (Ed. was a pioneer.)
I think that means he was the first to do something. Actually he was the first to do a lot of things.
It must be hard to go first. To not have someone to copy off of or to learn from. Walt Disney was first. And a LOT of people followed him.
Disney was a pioneer of:
- Animated cartoon films
- Sound in cartoon films – Steamboat Willie is when Mickey Mouse was born).
- Full-feature animated cartoon films – Snow White
- Musicals in cartoons – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
And a whole bunch of other stuff.
Now those things are all over the place. But nobody knew anything about them until Walt Disney made them up. He went first. He had to listen to people tell him he was stupid and his ideas were no good. He had to prove people wrong … and sometimes right.
Walt Disney went first. That’s tough. But look where it got him.
I want to learn how to go first, too!
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.