Who am I? On paper, I was born in the US, to a French (technically French/Belgian/Polish) father and Chinese mother. For lack of a better way of describing myself, I look ‘pretty white’ to some and ‘so exotic’ to others. Mine is a story of privilege as it is of prejudice.
What is wrong with American parenting? For those of us open to new perspectives, there is always something new to learn no matter where those insights come from. We learn more about ourselves when we learn about (and from) others. This month, we bring you two European styles of parenting, Danish, and German.
I hope my experience of growing up somewhere else, having to start a new life in Dutchieland and being gay will turn her into a teenager and grownup with an open mind. Read more about how an Island girl raising her daughter in the Netherlands reflects on her experiences contrasted with those of her daughter’s.
I became aware of the world around me during the Reagan era in a middle-class, conservative, predominantly white suburb of Los Angeles.
Read about how one European multicultural and multilingual family simultaneously celebrates their many favorite Christmas traditions. Wish you all a besinnliche Weihnachtszeit, un buon Natale, un joyeux Noël, en gueti Wienachtsziit, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Boas Festas and een vrolijk Kerstfeest!
Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends January 1st. It means “First Fruits” in Kiswahili and celebrates the harvest and family values.
Read more about an Indian man’s experience fighting against his parents’ prejudices for dating and wanting to marry an African-American woman.
My previous hostile attitude was due mostly to a fear of my childhood traditions being left out. My son’s Christmases and indeed his life are his, not mine.
To strangers, it may not seem like a big deal, but to religious Jews, marrying someone outside of your faith can be devastating to the family.
While the name ‘Chrismukkah’ doesn’t appear in any literature prior to 2003, many Jewish Americans already had embraced secular Christmas.
We both felt strongly about our faiths and didn’t want to do the “Chrismukkah” approach of merging the faiths together.
While living in a world that is seemingly against diversity and multiculturalism, I teach my children to appreciate their diverse cultures by changing the narratives.
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease are an autoimmune Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Living with UC as the mother of a preschooler raises new challenges.
Celebrating Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet is an essential Dutch holiday tradition. The rituals, songs, and stories about it were always extra special to me.
My name is Lila-Sandrine Diarra. I am a 27-year-old French national. By giving you my name, I am explaining my origins.