Tag Archive | culture difference

Growing Pains

in the cold

As much as I try to support my daughter in her bicultural life, there are some times when it is painful to be the minority language parent. This is an example of one such difficult time. Read More…

Tummy Ache

Tummy Ache game

The other week I visited a fellow Brit. and father to two bilingual children. On a trip back to the U.K he bought two or three of the Orchard Toys range. We had a quick go with tummy ache and enjoyed it a lot! Read More…

What is ‘Hafu’?

In Japan, the slightly off term for mixed race people is ‘half’. Perhaps more indicative of the penchant the Japanese have for creating simplified terms than it is of the attitudes held by the Japanese as a whole towards mixed race people. That is a can of worms I do not intend to open here. I would like to introduce a page that deals with that conversation in slightly more depth, and wonder if the experience of the people featured on that page translates to children of mixed nationality parents elsewhere. Visit the Hafu homepage here for an interesting look at what it means to be mixed race in Japan.

Tales from the GaijinPot

A very interesting thread on the GaijinPot discussion board about raising children bilingually/bi-culturally here. For the uninitiated,  gaijin = foreigner, hoikuen = nursery/pre-school, hiragana = one of the Japanese alphabets, Rakuten = sales website, Jiji/Baba = Grandpa/Grandma. I have compiled a few quotes from the thread. For the record, that web page is for public view and I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong by quoting people, but you never know. Read More…

Too Controlled?

You know that piece of advice (I have heard it from two experienced parents of bilingual children in Japan) about the control of TV? The idea is to limit the childs viewing to 2nd language programs only, and have little to no exposure to local TV in the home. Well it sounded like a good idea until I tried it.

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The Significant Other

“In psychology, a significant other is any person who has great importance to an individual’s life or well-being. In sociology, it describes any person or persons with a strong influence on an individual’s self concept. ” (From Wikipedia ‘Significant Other’)

The arrival of my daughter changed me and my self concept for good, and as she has grown and realised the nature of my difference (we live in Japan, I am not Japanese), I believe that I have become a fairly significant other for her, too. How does my difference affect her, and to what extent should I let it do so? Read More…