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breastfeeding, babywearing, homeschooling Heathen parent to my little Wanderer, 7 1/2 , and baby Elf-stone, 3/11!
|I'm not sure sure that my children will grow up confused in any way, but that's often the fear-- that they won't have an identity, will be neither here nor there.|
Originally Posted by guerrillamama
The other thing I want to add is that of course they will be American and identify as American, but the problem is that many Americans will beg to differ, because many Americans believe American = white. I am willing to bet cold cash that your daughters will be complimented on their English, asked how long they've been visiting this country, racially profiled in airports, exoticised by their white boy/girlfriends, talked down to by their professors, tokenized as the "safe" person of color, and/or experience many other forms of subtle racism.
Mother of 3, welcomed a new baby girl July 2011
Originally Posted by EFmom
But there are other huge benefits to going. It is really important to me that my kids learn to be comfortable in their own skins. It's an important experience for them to walk into a room full of people who look like them on a regular basis, where dh and I are the oddities. In addition, they have many strong role models of talented, strong, brilliant, beautiful Chinese people in leadership roles.
|Having said all that, last month we had to stop Chinese school. I've been diagnosed with breast cancer and am undergoing chemo. I feel really bad about stopping, but some things have just had to give and Chinese school was more than we can do right now.|
|It is very hard to learn another language out of context, such as learning tamil when no one else around them is speaking it. Children that are bilingual are raised hearing both languages; they need to hear both to learn how to form the word sounds.|