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Why I Am Raising A Bicultural Kid

A couple months ago, my friend Alyssa Bacon-Lui from All Things Beautiful shared an incredible guest post, The Not-So-Tragic Mulatto:What Growing Up Biracial Taught Me. I have been so deeply grateful for her thoughtful reflections on her racial identity, and I enjoy reading similar posts on her blog

Today I am so honored to have the opportunity to write a guest post for her. She asked me the question of why Billy and I have decided to be intentional in our daughter's bicultural identity. It was an important personal exercise for me to think through and articulate the "why" behind our choices. Here's a sneak peek at the post:

When I asked my husband why we are intentionally raising our daughter in two cultures, he was incredulous. “Because that’s who she is,” he told me. “She Guatemalan and she’s American.”

And I completely agree. I mean, seriously, I think I stirred those words into the Kool-Aid he’s been drinking.

But when I stop and think about it, I recognize that there’s a reality our daughter could slip into American culture virtually unnoticed. She’s a light skinned girl with brown eyes. While my husband speaks to her solely in Spanish, our family conversations are in English. We live in the States.

If we weren’t intentional, she could probably grow up pretty easily as the all-American girl who occasionally says, “Oh yeah. My dad immigrated from Guatemala. My grandparents still live there.” Her friends would probably respond, “Really?”

But that’s not what I hope for her cultural identity, and I have tried to be intentional even in these first two years of her life. It’s been a bit different than I expected, but I think I’m beginning to plant deeper roots of why I started out on this journey with her to begin with.

Read the rest of this post on All Things Beautiful by clicking here.


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